A Bird’s Eye View of Earth’s Newest Island

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This island was created off the coast of Gwadar when Pakistan was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 24, 2013. Imagery collected on Sept. 26, 2013.

A massive earthquake that tragically killed more than 300 people and destroyed scores of mud huts in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday also offered a surreal moment of creation. The tremor unleashed an underwater “mud volcano”  that spewed mud and earth to create a new island, half a mile off the coast of the Pakistani port city of Gwadar. This satellite image, published for the first time here, depicts the 200-foot-wide island (and 100 feet high) in the middle of the Arabian Sea.

6 comments
Champagne
Champagne

This, island that was created off the coast of Gwadar, is where Pakistan should send its rapists, hooligans, criminals, and miscreants. They will have to fend (or not) for themselves. Result: this will solve some of the problematic issues within the country.



chessking69n
chessking69n

Mostly likely innocent people that died. Too bad none were people that kill other people-terrorists/radicals.

LeJehadi
LeJehadi

Pakistani Government is so severely impotent that they are unable to draw out an emergency on how to utilize the new island as according to the Geologists of Pakistan say that the new island is emitting Methane gas  continuing since its birth.

wasimabbas1214
wasimabbas1214

wow I don't know where you live but my question is this does your country is totally rap free hooligans free criminals free and you said miscreants free if any one of the above  in your then where you people send him

wasimabbas1214
wasimabbas1214

Mr Mrs Miss or in between pooja can you tell me how many people in india sleep empty stomach daily and what indian govt is doing for them and in how many states of india there are liberation movements???????????????? 

rpearlston
rpearlston

@LeJehadi I don't doubt it.  

Mud volcanoes do spew piles and piles of mud and relatively small particulate matter.  Given that natural methane gas deposits are found underground,   IN fact, although it's not a part of this particular situation, much of the methane produced by animal and human actions are stored in permafrost.  So, why shouldn't this new (and very temporary) island not be venting methane?