The combined search operations are taking place between two sites: around the plane’s last recorded position, and at a possible location if the plane decided to turn around.
The search area comes in around 50 nautical miles, or 57.5 miles. If you want to get a sense of how big that is, look at the graph above with a map of the United States imposed on top
I seriously dot understand why people have to put a map of the United States over top of the original map.. The distance is clear already. I get people don’t understand where Malaysia is and stuff, but it looks pretty ignorant to me..