At least 46 killed in major Pakistan earthquake, new island formed in the sea
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP/Reuters, AFP) - A major earthquake struck a remote area in south-western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens as houses collapsed on top of people inside, while others fled into the streets and prayed for their lives.
It also prompted a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast.
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600m off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea. Television channels showed images of a stretch of rocky terrain rising above the sea level, with a crowd of bewildered people gathering on the shore to witness the rare phenomenon.
The Pakistani military said it was rushing troops and helicopters to Baluchistan province's Awaran district, where the quake was centred, as well as the nearby area of Khuzdar.