Pakistan Quake Creates New Island

It's reportedly 100-feet high and 200-feet wide

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In this photo released by the Pakistani Government, Pakistani men walk on an island that appeared 2 kilometres off the coastline of Gwadar on Aug. 25, 2013, after an earthquake the day before.

The earthquake that rocked a remote region of southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday wrought destruction but also, strangely, a bit of creation.

The 7.7-magnitude tremor, which destroyed scores of mud huts that dotted the region and killed at least 210 people, is being credited with causing a new island to form in the middle of the Arabian sea. Half-a-mile off the coast of the Pakistani port city of Gwadar, a new expanse of land reported to be 100-feet high and 200-feet wide rose out of the ocean, NBC reports.

Scientists believe the mountainous island formed thanks to an underwater “mud volcano” that sent sand and earth spewing forth amid the quake’s jostling. Officials said a similar island appeared after a 1968 earthquake but disappeared after a year.

[NBC]

People walk on an island that rose from the sea following an earthquake, off Pakistan's Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea

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Locals clamor to explore the new island that emerged off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline, September 25, 2013.

124 comments
jihanLian2
jihanLian2

@Hysokka nilagyan na ba ng FLAG ng Pakistan? Baka unahan pa sila ng China nyan. Hehe...

Posebnezka
Posebnezka

@Centrifuzija Aja, to so zame tipicne budne ure sredi noci. Ze od malega sem stara gospa. Tvoj razlog?

nadiaafridijp
nadiaafridijp

@shenpurin i often feel minor quakes here..(o>_<) we had one on the same day the earthquake hit pakistan.what about in ur country?

SanaaRiz
SanaaRiz

@hamzamjad my hormones are a mess right now "brother". I wonder what baji rubab has to say about this

Centrifuzija
Centrifuzija

@Posebnezka Moja tipična ura za spat it. Nočna oseba sem in najbolje spim zjutraj. Lahko noč. :)

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish yah try pancakes, goulash, dobos cake and staffed cabbage and fish soup

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue that looks so delicious tbh. /goes down in list of thing to try in hungary . or Plan B. at home

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue they called their children to england for education which had a higher standard. and kept their parents comfortable

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue all the money they made was sent back . the exchange rate is like pretty high as well .so they became rich

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue the people who went were ones who could work. and left part of their families. so they earned for their families of course

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue adjacent to the dam is a city. Half the people went to england and the other half settled in the city.

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue i mean an airport was named after the founder of the country but now it's after the dead leader of a political party

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish wow. why. Why didn't they become English citizen so they can put the tax into England's pocket

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish Hun's the same. They renamed every street, avenue boulevard just because one of the politicians' relative has a factory

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue yep. previously we had people relocated because a dam was being made. they got enough compensation to move to england..

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish if they don't let people to help them then it'll be impossible to do so

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish but those are unusable I guess they will get a proper brand new land which is worth the price of the elder one, logically

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue that place has the potential to become a major port and it'll benefit the country as well the people in that area.

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue they're afraid that their lands will be stolen away. but what they can't understand is that development will help them

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue cries i know .stubborn people. sigh. it's their livelihood that depends on it. and for generations.

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish so if I understand it right... they are against every form of help what

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue it's sad really but they won't let the government help up to a certain limit

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish but they need to tho. Living on an actual false line is hell dangerous. Risking their lives is not worth it sob

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue maybe. they might come move a bit up north and off the coast. but most don't. it's like a village. so people don't usually leave

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish daamn can they go to some shelter or be living within other families' houses

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue and the number always increases as the rescue efforts go on. it's 400 something now

PuraJellyfish
PuraJellyfish

@uruhue that's the sad part. it's not a very well developed area. a lot of people died and lost their homes.

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish I told her like a minute ago she had like a rock falling off of her heart and I hope the people over there will survive

uruhue
uruhue

@PuraJellyfish mom just asked me if you are okay and if it haven't affected your place lol