Is Mystery Underwater Sound the Crash of Flight 370?
June 4th, 2014
05:22 AM ET

Is Mystery Underwater Sound the Crash of Flight 370?

Australian researchers released an audio recording Wednesday of an underwater sound that they say could possibly be related to the final moments of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

It's a long shot, but researchers at Curtin University near Perth, Australia, have been studying records from underwater listening devices, including those meant to monitor for signs of underwater nuclear explosions, in an effort to help find the missing plane.

"One signal has been detected on several receivers that could be related to the crash," said Alec Duncan with the university's Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST).

Researchers have been analyzing the very low frequency sound for weeks to see if it was "the impact of the aircraft on the water or the implosion of parts of the aircraft as it sank," Duncan said. "But (the source of the noise) is just as likely to be a natural event."

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  1. dtsalpha

    That's the location of the 4.9 magnitude earthquake at the Carlsberg Ridge on March 7, 2014.

    What the CTBTO hydrophones most likely picked up was a low magnitude aftershock on March 8, 2014 emanating from the same area of the Carlsberg Ridge.

    Fr/ the USGS:

    Event Time

    2014-03-07 07:40:38 UTC
    2014-03-07 11:40:38 UTC+04:00 at epicenter
    2014-03-07 01:40:38 UTC-05:00 system time

    Location

    2.345°N 66.839°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

    Nearby Cities

    674km (419mi) W of Kudahuvadhoo, Maldives
    768km (477mi) WSW of Male, Maldives
    1112km (691mi) SW of Kavaratti, India
    1300km (808mi) WSW of Quilon, India
    1301km (808mi) WSW of Varkk

    June 4, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply

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