Chinese researchers have detected a “seafloor event” near the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam, an area suspected to be linked to the missing MH370 jetliner, reported Xinhua.
The event occurred about one and a half hours after the plane’s last definitive sighting on civilian radar, a research group on seismology and physics from the University of Science and Technology of China was quoted as saying.
The research group told the Chinese news agency that the area – which is 116 km northeast from where the last contact with the Boeing plane was recorded – was a non-seismic region.
"The seafloor event could have been caused by the plane possibly plunging into the sea," said the group.
Xinhua reported that the location of the event was identified based on records of two seismographs located in Malaysia.
"If the data is proved to be linked to the missing flight, the strength of the earthquake wave indicates the plunge was catastrophic," the research group told Xinhua.