A devastating earthquake struck the remote Awaran district in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province on Tuesday, killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands homeless and many more injured. The earthquake was at 7.7 magnitude. The Pakistani government and rescue personnel have been struggling int he time since to rescue those who need help.
Another byproduct of the quake? A new island! During an earthquake, it’s normal for seismic activity to make parts of the sea floor shift vertically – lowering and rising some masses. And that is exactly what happened. Just off of Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline, an island was raised – 60 feet high, 100 feet wide and 250 feet long (i.e. a little wider than a tennis court and slightly shorter than a football field. The government is deferring to the Pakistani people for the naming of the island.
The head of the Geological Survey of Pakistan, in an interview with the Associated Press, said these kinds of islands can remain for a long time or eventually subside back into the ocean.