View Full Version : New island created as dozens killed in Pakistan by 7.8-magnitude quake

24 Sep 13,, 23:52

A MAJOR earthquake that killed dozens in Pakistan was so violent that it thrust a new island up from the sea floor just off the coast.
More than 50 people have been confirmed dead and more casualties are expected following the 7.8 magnitude quake in south of the country.
The new island appeared off the coast of Gwadar, in the Arabian sea, and is estimated to be about 30m long and around 10m high.
The quake struck at 4:29pm local time (9:30pm) on Tuesday around 100 kilometres southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province, at a depth of 15 kilometres.
Officials said the tremors had demolished dozens of houses in Awaran district, 350km southwest of the provincial capital Quetta.
The area of the epicentre is sparsely populated and most buildings are mud-built, but the US Geological Survey issued a red alert for the quake, warning that heavy casualties were likely based on past data.
The provincial government has declared an emergency in Awaran and the military has mobilised 200 soldiers and paramilitary troops to help with the relief effort.

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25 Sep 13,, 03:57
Imagine if that island had popped up in the middle of the South China Sea :grump:

Agnostic Muslim
25 Sep 13,, 14:13
The death toll has hit 300 plus according to Dawn News. Luckily the epicenter was in a sparsely populated region of Balochistan or it could have been significantly higher.

The island itself appears to be a temporary 'mud island' that will break apart through tidal action over the next few weeks and months.

The scale of the affected territory is daunting. Awaran's population is scattered over an area of more than 21,000 square kilometres. More than 60,000 people live within 50 kilometres of the epicentre, according to the UN disaster agency, mostly in easily collapsible mud homes.

Television footage showed collapsed houses, caved-in roofs and people sitting in the open air outside their homes, the rubble of mud and bricks scattered around them.

Abdul Rasheed Baloch, a senior official in the district, said teams had worked through the night to try to retrieve bodies and survivors from the rubble. “Around 90 per cent of houses in the district have been destroyed. Almost all the mud houses have collapsed,” he said.


25 Sep 13,, 19:30

26 Sep 13,, 05:38
The Pakistanis immediately tried to blow up the island apparently..

Pakistan quake island off Gwadar 'emits flammable gas' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24272552)

"There were dead fish on the surface. And on one side we could hear the hissing sound of the escaping gas," Mr Baloch said.

Though they couldn't smell methane, they did put a match to the fissures from where the gas was oozing, and set it on fire.

"We put the fire out in the end, but it was quite a hassle. Not even the water could kill it, unless one poured buckets over it."

Some pics..



More on the BBC story page.

26 Sep 13,, 08:29
The death toll's looking worse and worse, my sympathies to the bereaved.

26 Sep 13,, 11:58
My condolences to the family members and friends. Rest in Peace.