Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pakistani pop-up

On Tuesday, the Baluchistan province of northwestern Pakistan was jarred by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 350 people and left more than 100,000 homeless. The destruction occurred in minutes, and only a half hour later a new landmass had surfaced in the bay near Gwadar. "I stepped out, and was flabbergasted. I could see this grey, dome-shaped body in the distance, like a giant whale swimming near the surface. Hundreds of people had gathered to watch it in disbelief," relayed local journalist Bahram Baloch from a witness. The new island, confirmed by satellite images from NASA, arose roughly .6 miles (1 km) offshore. It stands 60' to 70' (15 to 20 m) above the water line and measures an estimated 250' to 300' (75 to 90 m) across. The rough surface is a mixture of mud, fine sand, and solid rock. The island is being visited by sightseers (IMAGE HERE), and Baloch reports that they have already left it strewn with litter...

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