Published on
by
Common Dreams

Major Earthquake Rocks Pakistan, Causes 'Island' to Form

by
Common Dreams staff

Image: USGS

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Baluchistan province of Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, according to media reports.

Reuters reports that

The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 meters (yards) off Pakistan's Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.

Dozens of houses collapsed in Awaran, about 42 miles north of the quake's epicenter, and shocks were felt as far away as Karachi and New Delhi.

Muhammad Riaz, a senior Pakistan meteorologist, told reporters that "heavy destruction" was likely.

The death toll is likely to climb.  The U.S. Geological Survey issued a red alert level for fatalities after the earthquake, writing that "High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response."

_____________________

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: