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September 25, 2013

New Island

Filed under: disaster,geography,global islands,pakistan — admin @ 8:11 am

At least 238 people died in a mountainous region of southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, when a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck there. The earthquake struck in Pakistan’s Balochistan region, its largest but least populated province. The quake was felt in the Indian capital Delhi, where some buildings shook. It caused a new island to rise from the sea, just off the Pakistan’s southern coast.

A new island, created in what one scientist called a “mud volcano,” has risen from the sea off the coast of Pakistan, following the September 24, 2013 earthquake there. Not surprisingly, people are already out walking on the new island.

Television stations in the region were the first to report a small, mountain-like island. It is about 60 to 70 feet (18 to 21 meters) high, up to 300 feet wide and up to 120 feet long, it sits about 200 meters away from the coast. The new island is a “mud volcano.” It is apparently a jet of mud, sand and water that gushed to the sea surface following the earthquake.

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