Rare Phenomenon: Island emerges off Gwadar coast

Published: September 25, 2013
Video grab of an island emerging from the sea. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Video grab of an island emerging from the sea. PHOTO: EXPRESS


The strong earthquake also gave way to a six-metre high island which emerged off the western coast of Gwadar in the Arabian Sea.

Local 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 phenomenon.

However, for people who are well aware of the area, it’s not a rare development. “It had emerged some five or six years back and later disappeared,” said Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Tufail Baloch.

The island has surfaced many times in the past. The first instance being 45 years back when it emerged following a mild temblor. But the island submerged and disappeared following high tides and cyclones.

Islands regularly appear and disappear along the 3,000-km Balochistan coastline. The island is about 6 metres high and it covers an area of almost 836 sq meters. Local fishermen say the emergence of such mountains in the sea is not the first incident of its nature. Following the 1945 earthquake and tsunami, a similar mountain had emerged and then disappeared on its own after a year.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Deputy Director of the Geological Survey of Pakistan Anwar Hussain said the emergence of these mud-volcanoes is common following an earthquake which thrusts the mud into a mud-mountain that erodes with high tides and strong wave action.


Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2013.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (9)

  • Astraldust
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:30AM

    All mountains are a result of compression of land and that creates earthquakes. It is not that rare.


  • Ilyad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:39AM

    So this would be a good opportunity to sell to China before it disappears again.


  • HH
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:28AM

    An island right in front of a port means trouble for the port!!!!


  • Betel-Q8
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:39AM

    Some folks are deprived of positive thinking, by Almighty Allah, Its no fault of their’s.


  • Ali
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:39AM

    well its rare cz the last new island emerged in 1945


  • John Locke
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:49AM

    Is it the island from Lost?


  • Eman
    Sep 25, 2013 - 2:45PM

    This was the most scariest earthquake ever known.It was the most amazing miracle by Allah.This island news was super scary and shocking.I had never ever seen a miracle before well I guess Allah gave us more time to live on earth or then it would be the last day for us on earth.The island that came out saved us from a tsunami.


  • bhai log
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:53AM

    NAYA Pakistan


  • Sep 26, 2013 - 6:44PM

    Yesterday, my nephew got 2 diamonds there when he went there by boat paying fifty rupees.


More in Balochistan