New island surfaces off Makran coast
26 September, 2013
A brand-new island has appeared off the coast of Pakistan after the country was rocked by an earthquake. The new outcrop of land is around 2km from the coast of Gwadar, a port city in the South West of the country.
Locals gathered on the beach to see the new island which rises approximately 20m from sea level and stretches 100m and 200m across at its widest points.
The Balochistan province in the South West of the country was rocked by the 7.7 magnitude quake on Tuesday, with at least 270 people thought to have lost their lives.
The quake was so powerful it was felt as far away as Karachi, Hyderabad, and even in India, in the capital Delhi.
Seismologists suspect the new island is only temporary and is a result of what is known as a "mud volcano".
It is thought that a process called liquefaction has occurred where previously stable mud, sand and water have been dislodged and been rushed to the surface after the earthquake.
These "mud volcanos" occur with many earthquakes, but it takes a strong tremor, like the one on Tuesday, to produce an island such as this one.
The Pakistani National Institute of Oceanography have sent a team to investigate the island and early reports suggest there is methane gas spewing from it along with signs of some marine life.
The region is prone to earthquakes - at least 35 people lost their lives in April of this year in the wake of a 7.8 magnitude tremor which emanated from nearby Iran.