Pak quake: New island won't last long, feel experts

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Islamabad, Sept 26: The death toll from the deadly earthquake in Pakistan's Balochistan province has touched 350. According to officials, that number could rise further. Over 500 people were injured in the quake that measured 7.7 on the Richter Scale. More than three lakh people have been affected by the natural disaster.

Sources in Balochistan's Provincial Disaster Management Authority said 305 persons were killed in Awaran district alone. The army and the civilian authorities were rushing with the relief efforts. Food and medical help were reached to the affected areas. Six helicopters were also pressed into action to quicken the relief operation.

New island will not last long

The small island that has popped up 650 feet off the Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea has generated excitement among local people but experts, who have found methane gas rising from the island, feel that the landmass will not last long.

Another island emerged off the coastal town of Ormara, said reports

The landmass, which is has been given the name of "Island Earthquake" by the local people also became a centre of tourist attraction with people hiring boats to go there. Experts from Pakistan's National Institute of Oceanography went to the island and found sources of methane gas there.

The island is about 60-70 feet high, upto 300 feet wide and upto 120 feet long.

Other experts felt that the island could be a mud volcano created by methane gas forcing material upwards during the deadly earthquake. In 1945, a similar structure was formed off the Gwadar coast after a quake of 8.1 magnitude rocked Makran. Last year too, a structure was formed near the Makran region but gradually disappeared.

Another news report said that another island had also emerged off the coastal town of Ormara after Tuesday's quake.

In Karachi

A Pakistani medic helps a villager evacuated from an earthquake-affected area in Baluchistan province, at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in southwestern Pakistan as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to to hundreds.

In Awaran

Pakistani villagers look for belongings amid the rubble of their destroyed homes following an earthquake in the remote district of Awaran, Baluchistan province, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, as the death toll rose to hundreds.

In Karachi

Pakistan Army troops leave to an earthquake-affected areas in Baluchistan province from Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan.

In Karachi

People rush out their apartments and offices after they felt a major earthquake that struck Baluchistan province in southwest Pakistan, 693 Kilometers (430 miles) from Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

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