Thursday, 26 September 2013

Small Island appears in Pakistan after 7.7 Magnitude earthquake

This small island appeared off the coast of the port of Gwadar, Pakistan, after a powerful and deadly earthquake jolted the western part of the country on Tuesday.

A Pakistani navy team reached the island by midday Wednesday. To get a better idea of what the island is made of and how permanent it is, scientists will take samples to see whether it is mostly soft mud or rocks and harder material.

The mass of rocks and mud emerged from the Arabian Sea after the 7.7-magnitude quake struck in the remote town of Awaran in Baluchistan province, killing more than 200 people.

Scientists say these types of islands can remain for a long time or eventually subside back into the ocean, depending on their makeup.

The island is about 60 feet high, 250 feet wide and 100 feet long.

'There are stones and mud,' said Pakistani navy geologist Mohammed Danish, warning residents not to try to visit the island. 'Gasses are still emitting.'

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