KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — China's official news agency says one of its ships that is part of the multinational search effort looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected a "pulse signal" in southern Indian Ocean waters.
The report says a black box detector deployed by the vessel, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5 kHz per second Saturday at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.
The report said it was not established whether that the signal was related to the missing jet.
Xinhua further said a Chinese air force plane spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area.
Australian search authorities also said they had yet to verify whether the pulse signal was related to MH370.
The search lead came as Malaysia's defense minister says that nearly a month after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, the search for the missing plane will continue "with the same level of vigor and intensity."
Hishammuddin Hussein said Saturday, "We will continue to focus, with all our efforts, on finding the aircraft."
Hussein said there are no more new satellite images or data that can provide new leads, and the focus now is fully on the ocean search
Search teams trying to find the flight recorders from the missing jet crisscrossed another patch of the Indian Ocean on Saturday, four weeks after the airliner vanished.
A multinational team is desperately trying to find debris floating in the water or faint sound signals from the recorders that could lead them to the aircraft.
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