Dr. Blaxland, from ANU’s Strategic and Defense Studies Center, said if the measurements of 22 meters long and 13 meters wide are correct, they are more consistent with a wing of a Boeing 777 airliner.
Asked about whether the newly spotted object would be the one spotted in an earlier satellite image, Blaxland said they don’t seem to be the same object.
“It’s similar shaped, but if the measurements (are correct), then this is slightly wider,” he said.
He called it a significant finding, because that would not be a container.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) earlier released satellite photos showing an object of 24 meters long, which becomes the “best lead” so far to find the missing Malaysian Airline MH370.
The Chinese government released a satellite photo taken on March 18. The object is said to be 120 km west to the object spotted by American satellite on March 16 which has formed the basis for the current search operation coordinated by Australia.
Blaxland said if that is the case, then the two objects are ” highly unlikely” to be the same object or the two wings of the same plane because the ocean current is from west to east.
But in a later email reply to Xinhua, Blaxland said this picture suggests the new imagery is not to the west but in the south of the area currently being patrolled.
“That changes things as it is quite possible that the currents would move, in a swirling pattern, to move the object further south in to the area. If that is the case, then this very well may be the first new evidence of the same object identified on March 16. If that is the case. Tomorrow’s surveillance flights will most likely be redirected onto this area,” he said.
AMSA told Australian Associated Press that it’s too early to say if the new imagery will alter the search patterns.
But Blaxland said he suspected AMSA will be studying this very, very closely tonight and recalibrating their plan as a consequence of this information.
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#AceWorldNews – CHINA – 22 March – Due to melting snow in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region caused Saturday floods and landslides, which affected over 700 people, according to government authorities, cited by Xinhua News Agency.
The situation is the gravest in several counties along the Ili river valley.
Around 500 houses were damaged there alongside several highways. Meteorologists don’t expect the situation to improve soon.
#AceWorldNews – The decomposing bodies of 131 dead pigs were recovered from a river in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi on Saturday, according to the state Xinhua News Agency.
The water authority in Nanchang, Jiangxi’s provincial capital, said it was unclear whether the carcasses had been dumped or where they originated from.
Last March, thousands of dead pigs, which had been dumped in a river supplying water to Shanghai, caused an international scandal.
Traces of a virus were discovered in their system, suggesting farmers may have disposed of them in the water.
China’s pollution is a long-term cause for national concern.
#AceWorldNews The death toll from a truck collision and resulting explosion in northern China’s Shanxi Province on March 1 has risen to 31, Xinhua News Agency said, citing authorities.
Nine others are still missing, officials said Thursday.
The accident happened when two tankers loaded with methanol rear-ended inside the Yanhou Tunnel of a highway linking Shanxi’s Jincheng City and Jiyuan City in Henan Province.
“Evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was orchestrated by Xinjiang separatist forces,” Xinhua cited local municipal officials.
The East Turkestan Islamic Movement, often blamed by the Chinese authorities for leading an insurgency in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, has not claimed responsibility for the attack. The movement is designated a terrorist group by the United Nations.
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#AceWorldNews says on Saturday, China’s lunar rover, Yutu, went into its third planned hibernation amid ongoing technical problems with the robotic explorer, Xinhua News Agency has reported on Sunday.
The mechanical control issues affecting the vehicle has limited it to carrying out only fixed point observations during its third two-week-long lunar day.
Problems first emerged during the second period of dormancy in late January and were caused by the “complicated lunar surface.
” Now most of Yutu’s systems are turned off to conserve energy during the lunar night, when the lack of sunlight makes it impossible to generate electricity with solar panels.