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March 30, 2014

MH370 maybe

Filed under: News — Tags: , — mostlylinux @ 5:49 pm

MH370 maybe

Like many of you, I’ve been looking through lots of satellite photos in an attempt to help find MH370. In order to to this, I’ve been using the Tomnod web interface.

Several days ago I found what appears to be a rather large debris field in the Indian Ocean. According to a video on CNN, Tomnod’s way of using our crowd-sourcing efforts is to consider things that are tagged by more than one person as items of interest. Last time I checked, no one else had tagged any of the items. This means that I’m the only one who has seen these images.

I contacted several news agencies (CNN, FOX, etc.) and haven’t heard back from any of them – not even to say, “Oh, that’s not a debris field – it’s [insert reasonable explanation here],” which would have at least explained what I’m seeing. I also contacted several individuals, also to no avail. Nobody seems to have any interest in this possible debris field.

Perhaps one of you can either explain to me what is in these images or get these images into the hands of those who need to see them.

See images of debris fields CNN thought might be MH370

Here’s a CNN video that shows a 122-object debris field they got all excited about. The images start at the 2:20 mark:

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/03/26/exp-lead-intv-taylor-weiss-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-possible-new-debris.cnn.html

Here’s a CNN video of a 300-object debris field they got all excited about. The images start at the 00:03 mark:

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/03/27/malaysia-search-suspended-for-weather-thursday-stevens-newday.cnn.html

See screenshots of satellite photos I found that may be a debris field

Here are 9 screenshots of a large debris field I found in the Indian Ocean using the Tomnod web interface.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are on a computer with a full size monitor – a phone or tablet is too small to see these properly.

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Verify the authenticity of my screenshots for yourself and explore the extent of the debris field

If you believe I’ve edited these screenshots, please note that the link to each one is in my browser’s address bar at the top of each image, and you can visit them yourselves. To do so, you’ll need to visit the Tomnod web site and get through their interactive introduction. You’ll also want to know how to work their interface. Here’s how:

  1. Important: Make sure you are on a computer with a full size monitor – a phone or tablet is too small to see these properly.
  2. Open one of these links in your browser:

  3. If there’s a JOIN NOW button, left-click it to go to the next screen. If not, go to the next step.
  4. Left-click the right arrow button on the right side of the screen.
  5. Left-click the right arrow button on the right side of the screen.
  6. Left-click the Go button.
  7. Left-click the center square to reveal and zoom in on the center tile of the map.
  8. When you’re done studying that image, use your keyboard’s arrow keys to go up, down, left, and right all around the image in that first tile to reveal all the neighboring tiles and see for yourself how big this debris field is (it’s far bigger than the 9 images above).
Tips
  1. When using the arrow keys, each tile will be revealed in a zoomed-in state. To zoom back out, roll your mouse wheel.
  2. If your map is zoomed out, you can left-click anywhere on it to zoom in on that particular tile.
  3. The photos above and on the Tomnod site are from a satellite. Some were taken during the day and some at night. If you’d like to do a comparison with other maps, you can load a random map with the button in the bottom right side of the screen, then left-click the center tile to zoom in, then use the arrow keys to look around. You can do this several times to find maps that are also dark like the one I found the debris field in.

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