Earthquake Island

The powerful earthquake that killed 39 people and toppled homes in Pakistan in September 2013 also created an island. According to Pakistanā€™s chief meteorologist, Mohammed Riaz, it was magnitude 7.7, while the US Geological Survey in Colorado claimed it was magnitude 7.8.

The island didnā€™t exist before the earthquake, but after the event, the Pakistan Meteorological Departmentā€™s director general, Arif Mahmood, said locals reported witnessing the creation of the tiny island, measuring 100 meters (330 ft) in length and 9 meters (30 ft) high, near the port of Gwadar. Pakistani officials said it was possible that the earthquake buckled land under the sea, creating the island, but further investigation would be conducted to determine the cause.