A major earthquake has hit Pakistan, causing a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast.
The USA Geological Survey said the quake was 7.8 in magnitude and struck 235 km southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s quake-prone province of Baluchistan. This part of the country is close to Iran.
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small island about 600 meters off Pakistan’s 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.
At this stage the casualty rate from the quake is unknown but officials in Pakistan say at least 45 people had been killed so far. This number may increase.
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