Mud volcano surfaces along Balochistan coast

Published: November 27, 2010

Screenshot shows people who climbed atop the piece of land that surfaced from the sea.

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Fishermen reported on Friday the emergence of a mud volcano three kilometers off Balochistan’s coast overlooking the Hingol area, about 15o kilometres from the port town of Ormara.

According to local fishermen, a three-kilometre wide and 300-feet high island of mud sludge emerged off the coast. This area administratively falls under the jurisdiction of the Lasbela district.

A number of fishermen arrived there and hoisted flags while the others tried to salvage some fishing vessels which were trapped in the newly-emerged island.

They said that this kind of landmass had first emerged in 2004 and the Maritime Security Agency had taken control of it. However, the island disappeared after three months because of certain geographical changes.

According to locals, the island was three-kilometre-long island was called ‘Peer Ghaib’ after it disappeared. A mud volcano is formed when fluidised soft mud is expelled at high rates.

There are several clusters of mud volcanoes in Balochistan, mostly near Hingol, Gwadar, Pasni, Ormara and elsewhere in Lasbela district.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Nov 26, 2010 - 11:08PM

    The white bubbly stuff could contain sulphur, highly inadvisable for everyone to pop in there for pictures!Recommend

  • Nov 26, 2010 - 11:11PM

    Well this Island just did not appear by some miracle … actually Pakistan Military is Doing some secret research projects and wanting to build a natural barrier for its military naval requiremnets here … so the Pakistani Marine Geologists came up with this idea of lifting up that area from Sea Floor and to lift that all u need is a perfect Earthquake moving into the direction From south to North so they use Low Yield Nuke device and a 1.7 magnitude Earthquake which jolts karachi 4 days ago speaks that same ….

    Fact: Pakistan Sea bed is not flat it has trenches some as 20,000 Ft Deep … so they use some of these known facts to came up with this idea of lifting up the sea bed to that height.

    Well Congrats to Pakistani Military and Marine Geologists for a job well done & now Pakistan having another Safe Naval Base ready in very few monthsRecommend

  • Nov 27, 2010 - 9:33AM

    Let’s hope the PTDC and the National Oceanagraphic Institute of our GeeeeeeeoP have the better sense to assure and re-assure the local Baluch population that it is a miracle of nature and not a cause for trepidation. So let’s cash in on this by popularizing it as an adventure for local and overseas tourists.

    But acquiring primacy is to make sure that inter mulla political parties dont make it a sectarian battlefield and ruin the glory of this natural wonder.

    Salams and best wishes.Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2010 - 10:08AM

    Comments? above Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2010 - 10:17AM

    Well this Island just did not appear by some miracle … actually Pakistan Military is Doing some secret research projects and wanting to build a natural barrier for its military naval requiremnets here … so the Pakistani Marine Geologists came up with this idea of lifting up that area from Sea Floor and to lift that all u need is a perfect Earthquake moving into the direction From south to North so they use Low Yield Nuke device and a 1.7 magnitude Earthquake which jolts karachi 4 days ago speaks that same ….
    Fact: Pakistan Sea bed is not flat it has trenches some as 20,000 Ft Deep … so they use some of these known facts to came up with this idea of lifting up the sea bed to that height.
    Well Congrats to Pakistani Military and Marine Geologists for a job well done & now Pakistan having another Safe Naval Base ready in very few monthsRecommend

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