03 October 2013

New Island off Western Pakistan after Earthquake (12 Pics)

Nasa has released satellite images of the new island formed off the coast of Pakistan following a powerful earthquake last week.
The new outcropping off the shore of the Paddi Zirr near Gwadar has been captured by Nasa’s Earth Observing-1 satellite. The island rose from the depths of the sea floor after the earthquake hit, it is estimated to be about 75 to 90 metres in diameter and 15 to 20 metres above the waterline.

Experts believe that this will only be a temporary island and that once the gas has escaped the mud will collapse and re-settle. Storms and waves are likely to play a part in shortening the lifespan of the island by washing away the soft clay and sand. It is thought that islands such as these only last a few months before sinking below the water again. - (Neela Debnath for The Independent)

Photo Credit - NASA/EuroNews


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