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Satellite imagery provided to AMSA of objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 / Australia Maritime Safety Authority

Internet users from around the world have come together in search for Flight MH370 through map search website Tomnod.

The crowd-sourcing campaign kicked off last Monday and volunteers have uncovered what could be possible debris.

Australian officials told Reuters the debris could have drifted from the original site since the satellite images were taken on March 16, but the images were the most promising find in days as searchers try to uncover the lost plane with 239 people on board.

"We can confirm that DigitalGlobe has provided imagery to search officials in Australia, and we have been informed by an Australian government official that it was our imagery Prime Minister Abbott referred to in his recent comments," a DigitalGlobe spokesperson said.

Volunteers on the site can use the high resolution map of the Indian Ocean to tag airplane wreckage, life rafts, oil slicks or anything else that appears interesting or suspicious. A computer algorithm will cross-checks the tags, which will then be reviewed by expert analysts.

"We have continually tasked our satellites to image the ever-widening search area and now have more than 24,000 square kilometers of imagery available for the crowd to comb through," a news release states.

More than 2 million people have tagged 645,000 features so far, the company said.

DigitalGlobe has used a similar crowdsourcing technique to assess damage after other disasters, including the tornado that leveled the Plaza Elementary School in Moore, Okla. and the damage after Superstorm Sandy.



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