Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 12:01AM WED MAR 12,2014
OH BOY HERE COMES AN OUT OF IT SITUATION.BUT WE HAVE REALLY GOT AN OUT THEIR CONSPIRACY THEORY.MIKE OF AROUND THE WORLD SAID THIS MISSING PLANE IS EITHER A SCARE TACTIC OR IN A FEW DAYS THE PLANE AND SOME OF THE PASSANGERS WILL REAPPEAR TO SATISFY THE WORLDS CITIZENS AND THE MEDIA.OR THE OTHER SENARIO WILL BE THAT THE ARMY WILL SAY THAT THE PLANE DISAPPEARED FROM SOME UFO THAT BROUGHT THE PLANE DOWN.THIS ALIEN CULT THEORY WILL BE THE SCARE TACTIC.HE ALSO BELIEVES THAT FREESCALES 20 ENGENEERS MAY HAVE BEEN KIDNAPED BECAUSE OF THEIR MICROCHIP KNOWLEDGE AND BECAUSE THESE MICROCHIPS ACTUALLY HAVE LIFE.THESE ENGENEERS HAVE ACTUALLY PUT LIVE CELLS INSIDE THESE MICROCHIP IMPLANT IMPLANTS SO THEY WILL HAVE A LIFE OF THEIR OWN.AND SINCE THESE FREESCALE WORKERS WORK FOR DEFENCE CONTRACTS AROUND THE WORLD.THEY WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT TO ANY COUNTRY.SO IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE SHOULD EXPECT THE PLANE TO BE FOUND.AND WE SHOULD FIND OUT SOMETHING TO DO ABOUT DRONES AND THIS PLANE CONNECTION.OR POSSIBLY THERES NEW WEAPONS THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WILL SHOW ITS CITIZENS.THIS NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE INTERESTING.
AND THERE IS SOMETHING TO POSSIBLY DO WITH AN UNDERWATER VOLCANOE.IN A MONTH OR SO.IT COVERS 20,000 SQUARE MILES.ITS THE TAMU MASSIF.
THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 10:31AM WED MAR 12,2014
SEARCH FOR THE PLANE YOURSELF-HERE
FLIGHTWARE-LIVE FLIGHT TRACKING
THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 4:10PM WED MAR 12,2014
THE AREA THAT IS BEING SCANNED AND LOOKED FOR THE MISSING PLANE IS 27,000 SQUARE MILES.AND NOW WE HAVE A CONTRIDICTION ON THE U-TURN OF THE PLANE.NOW THEY ARE SAYING A PLANE INSTEAD OF THE 370 PLANE WAS SEEN IN THE MALACCA AREA.NOW THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW FOR SURE IF THE PLANE DID TAKE A U-TURN .
THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 4:40PM WED MAR 12,2014
NOW WE HAVE A SO CALLED TIP AGAIN.THIS TIME FROM THE CHINESE DEFENCE SAYING ON SUN MAR 9,14 THEY HAVE PICTURES OF A CRASH IN THE AREA OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA WERE THEY THINK THE CRASH OF MH730 OCCURED.THE SATTELITE SHOWS 3 OBJECTS OF DEBRIS.55X69-FEET-43X59 FEET-72X64 FEET. SASTIND.GOV.CN IS WERE THE DEBRIS IS ON.THIS IS THE BEST CLUE OR TIP SO FAR OF THE WRECKAGE
Malaysia not sure which way lost jet was headed
By CHRIS BRUMMITT and EILEEN NG -MAR 12,14-YAHOONEWS
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than four days after a Malaysian jetliner went missing en route to Beijing, authorities acknowledged Wednesday they didn't know which direction the plane carrying 239 passengers was heading when it disappeared, vastly complicating efforts to find it.Amid intensifying confusion and occasionally contradictory statements, the country's civil aviation authorities and the military said the plane may have turned back from its last known position between Malaysia and Vietnam, possibly as far as the Strait of Malacca, a busy shipping lane west of Malaysia.How it might have done this without being clearly detected remains a mystery, raising questions over whether its electrical systems, including transponders allowing it to be identified by radar, were either knocked out or turned off. If it did manage to fly on, it would challenge earlier theories that the plane may have suffered a catastrophic incident, initially thought reasonable because it didn't send out any distress signals.Vietnamese officials gave conflicting accounts of whether the search effort there was being scaled back as a result of the confusion. This likely will anger relatives of those on board who are desperate for information about the fate of their loved ones.
Authorities have not ruled out any possible cause, including mechanical failure, pilot error, sabotage or terrorism. Both the Boeing 777 and Malaysia Airlines have excellent safety records. Until wreckage or debris is found and examined, it will be very hard to say what happened.The search for the missing aircraft was begun from the spot it was last reported to be over the ocean between Malaysia and Vietnam. But Malaysian authorities have said search operations were ongoing in the Strait of Malacca. Scores of planes and aircraft have been scouring waters in both locations.The country's air force chief, Gen. Rodzali Daud, released a statement denying remarks attributed to him in a local media report saying that military radar had managed to track the aircraft turning back from its original course, crossing the country and making it to the Malacca strait. The Associated Press contacted a high-level military official, who confirmed the remarks.Rodzali referred to a statement he said he made March 9 in which he said the air force has "not ruled out the possibility of an air turn back" and said search and rescue efforts had been expanded to the waters around Penang Island, in the northern section of the strait."There is a possibility of an air turn back. We are still investigating and looking at the radar readings," the country's civilian aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said Wednesday.It is possible that the radar readings are not definitive or subject to interpretation, especially if a plane is malfunctioning.The confusion has prompted speculation that different arms of the government have different opinions over where the plane is most likely to be, or even that authorities are holding back information. The crisis may have led to internal mix-ups and miscommunication. The Strait of Malacca that separates Malaysia from Indonesia's Sumatra Island is 400 kilometers (250 miles) from where the plane was last known to have made contact with ground control officials over the Gulf of Thailand at a height of 35,000 feet (almost 11,000 meters) early Saturday. Indonesia air force Col. Umar Fathur said the country had received official information from Malaysian authorities that the plane was above the South China Sea, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Kota Bharu, Malaysia, when it turned back toward the strait and then disappeared. That would place its last confirmed position closer to Malaysia than has previously been publicly disclosed.Fathur said Malaysian authorities have determined four blocks to be searched in the strait, which Indonesia was assisting in.Vietnam's Deputy Transport Minister Pham Quy Tieu was quoted by the Laborer Newspaper as telling reporters that operations had been scaled down following the air force chief's reported remarks, while Vietnam awaited confirmation. But Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnamese People's Army, said this was not the case, and that efforts were being intensified. It wasn't immediately possible to clear up the conflicting accounts.Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar, who has been ordered to look at possible criminal aspects in the disappearance of the plane, said Tuesday that hijacking, sabotage and issues related to the pilots' psychological health were being considered.Aviation experts said they were becoming more uncertain about what most likely happened to the airliner.Some said a major power outage was an unlikely explanation for why the aircraft's transponder and communications system were apparently not functioning at the time it was reportedly detected by Malaysian military radar flying back toward Malaysia.With a power catastrophe so large that the various back-up systems, independent power supplies and built-in redundancies could not cope, the aircraft would be barely able to fly, said Jason Middleton, professor of aviation at the University of New South Wales.Yet Middleton said if one or more passengers overpowered the pilots to take control of the plane, they would need training to switch off the transponder and other systems to ensure the jet was able to fly undetected."It's stretching belief a little bit that someone's going to be capable enough in the (777) to do all that," Middleton said. "It's a very curious outcome, you just can't rule out the possibility that the captain or the first officer have gone crazy," he said.___Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.
Largest Volcano on Earth Lurks Beneath Pacific Ocean
By Becky Oskin, Staff Writer | September 05, 2013 02:33pm ET
The world's largest volcano lurks beneath the Pacific Ocean, researchers announced today (Sept. 5) in the journal Nature Geoscience.Called the Tamu Massif, the enormous mound dwarfs the previous record holder, Hawaii's Mauna Loa, and is only 25 percent smaller than Olympus Mons on Mars, the biggest volcano in Earth's solar system, said William Sager, lead study author and a geologist at the University of Houston."We think this is a class of volcano that hasn't been recognized before," Sager said. "The slopes are very shallow. If you were standing on this thing, you would have a difficult time telling which way was downhill." Tamu is 400 miles (650 kilometers) wide but only about 2.5 miles (4 km) tall. It erupted for a few million years during the early Cretaceous period, about 144 million years ago, and has been extinct since then, the researchers report. [50 Amazing Volcano Facts]
Explaining ocean plateaus
Like other massive volcanoes, Tamu Massif seems to have a central cone that spewed lava down its broad, gentle slopes. The evidence comes from seismic surveys and lava samples painstakingly collected over several years of surveys by research ships. The seismic waves show lava flows dipping away from the summit of the volcano. There appears to be a series of calderas at the summit, similar in shape to the elongated and merged craters atop Mauna Loa, Sager said.Until now, geologists thought Tamu Massif was simply part of an oceanic plateau called Shatsky Rise in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Oceanic plateaus are massive piles of lava whose origins are still a matter of active scientific debate. Some researchers think plumes of magma from deep in the mantle punch through the crust, flooding the surface with lava. Others suggest pre-existing weaknesses in the crust, such as tectonic-plate boundaries, provide passageways for magma from the mantle, the layer beneath the crust. Shatsky Rise formed atop a triple junction, where three plates pulled apart.Tamu Massif's new status as a single volcano could help constrain models of how oceanic plateaus form, Sager said. "For anyone who wants to explain oceanic plateaus, we have new constraints," he told LiveScience. "They have to be able to explain this volcano forming in one spot and deliver this kind of magma supply in a short time."Geochemist David Peate of the University of Iowa, who was not involved in the study, said he looks forward to new models explaining the pulses of magma that built Shatsky Rise. Tamu Massif is the biggest and oldest volcano, and the cones grow smaller and younger to the northeast of Tamu. Sager and his colleagues suggest that pulses of magma created the volcanic trail."It seems that in many oceanic plateaus the melting is continuous, but here you have a big shield volcano," Peate told LiveScience. "Understanding the source of the volume of that magma, the rate of production of the magma and the time interval between those pulses will help give better constraints to feed into those models," he said.Sager said other, bigger volcanoes could be awaiting discovery at other oceanic plateaus, such as Ontong Java Plateau, located north of the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. "Structures that are under the ocean are really hard to study," he said.
Oceanic plateaus are the biggest piles of lava on Earth. The outpourings have been linked to mass extinctions and climate change. The volume of Tamu Massif alone is about 600,000 cubic miles (2.5 million cubic km). The entire volcano is bigger than the British Isles or New Mexico.Despite Tamu's huge size, the ship surveys showed little evidence the volcano's top ever poked above the sea. The world's biggest volcano has been hidden because it sits on thin oceanic crust (or lithosphere), which can't support its weight. Its top is about 6,500 feet (1,980 meters) below the ocean surface today."In the case of Shatsky Rise, it formed on virtually zero thickness lithosphere, so it's in isostatic balance," Sager said. "It's basically floating all the time, so the bulk of Tamu Massif is down in the mantle. The Hawaiian volcanoes erupted onto thick lithosphere, so it's like they have a raft to hold on to. They get up on top and push it down. And with Olympus Mons, it's like it formed on a two-by-four."Sager and his colleagues have studied Shatsky Rise for decades, seeking to solve the puzzle of oceanic plateaus. About 20 years ago, they named Tamu Massif after Texas A&M University, Sager's former employer, he said.Email Becky Oskin or follow her @beckyoskin. Follow us @OAPlanet, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet.