‘Seismic event’ on the ocean floor connected to MH370?

Chinese scientists report they recorded a small earthquake in the sea around the area where the missing plane MH370 was last spotted. They say it could be related. But it does not appear that way.

Chinese scientists observe ‘seismic event’ on sea floor, as US points towards Indian Ocean in MH370 mystery | South China Morning Post.

A team of seismologists at one of China’s top universities said they had detected a slight seismic event on the sea floor between Vietnam and Malaysia on March 8, which might be consistent with an airplane crashing into the sea, and possibly related to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The Chinese scientists, with the university’s Laboratory of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior, said in their online statement that the signal they had picked up from two seismic monitor stations in Malaysia seemed to indicate that a slight tremor occurred on the sea floor at about 2.55am on March 8, some 150 kilometres off the southern tip of Vietnam.

A South China Sea map showing the possible location of the tremor on the sea floor (red star) and the two Malaysian seismic monitor stations (blue triangles). Photo: Handout by the Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China

A South China Sea map showing the possible location of the tremor on the sea floor (red star) and the two Malaysian seismic monitor stations (blue triangles). Photo: Handout by the Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China.

This is questionable. First, the act of hitting an breaking up in the water would slow the impact with the ocean floor considerably. Even a direct hit would likely not register this high on a seismograph. Also, the US Geological Survey who records quakes in cooperation with other agencies around the world, located a magnitude-2.7 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra at the same time. That location (shown in the other blue circle in the graphic above), however, is a very active seismic zone with daily quakes. Other experts notes that this event is not related to a plane crash. It looks like a triagulation problem.

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  2 comments for “‘Seismic event’ on the ocean floor connected to MH370?

  1. olo
    March 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Airplane…seismic event ?
    Let´s throw in some Tesla and cue the HAARP-comments now please….. ;)

  2. Brian
    March 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Wouldn’t the plane do the exact same thing a coin tossed in a pool would do- even if it didn’t break up on impact?

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