QUETTA - A 100-feet high island has emerged near the coast of Gwadar after the devastating earthquake in Balochistan.

As per details, the severe earthquake jolted different parts of Balochistan including Gwadar. Following the earthquake, a 100-feet high island emerged on the west shore of Gwadar namely Padizar area. The island is over 1 km in length.

According to local fishermen, emergence of such island is not the first incident of its nature; rather after the heavy earthquake and tsunami in 1945, a similar kind of island had emerged and could be seen for one year, but later it had suddenly disappeared.

Nautical studies expert Abdul Rahim said there were such islands/mountains in Makran coast which were called mid-volcano.

He said that such islands or mountains take place after heavy omission of methane gas.

Experts say the island emerged on the sea might disappear after sometime. A large number of people thronged to western shore of Gwadar Padizar to witness the island.



INP from New York adds: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Army to assist in relief activities in areas of southwest Pakistan affected by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake.

Nawaz, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session, directed the Chairman of the NDMA to keep him updated on the losses and relief and evacuation measures.

The Federal government will provide all possible assistance to the victims and the NDMA and Pakistan Army should assist the local administration in relief activities, he was quoted as stating in an official statement.

The quake, with its epicentre in a remote area of Balochistan province, killed at least 50 people.

Nawaz expressed grief at the loss of lives and property due to the earthquake in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. He directed the administration in the quake-hit areas to provide all assistance to the people on priority basis.