Chinese seismologists have revealed that two of their monitoring stations have picked up minor seismic events on the day and time the Malaysian plane went missing. The seismic event occurred on the sea floor between Vietnam and Malaysia, at about 2.55 am, around 150 KM away from the south side of Vietnam.
“It was a non-seismic zone, therefore judging from the time and location of the event, it might be related to the missing MH370 flight,” said the statement of the University of Science and Technology of China. “If it was indeed an airplane crashing into the sea, the seismic wave strength indicated that the crash process was catastrophic,” the statement said.
Another lead on the event came from the US investigators. Based on the theories that the flight might have been flying for hours after it lost contact with controls, the search area is proposed to be increased. The ‘ping’ received from the flight well after it went missing seems to have influenced the decision of the US authorities.
“It’s my understanding that based on some new information that’s not necessarily conclusive – but new information – an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in Washington.
The search area for the flight changed from the first South China sea’s Gulf of Thailand to Strait of Malacca to the present region of Indian Ocean region towards Andaman Islands. The US has already sent a ship and surveillance plane to the Indian Ocean region. The widening of the search area is going to present further challenges in the search, authorities feel.