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Old 09-25-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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Pakistan 7.7 magnitude earthquake

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Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan, as the death toll rose overnight to 210, officials said.

The magnitude 7.7 quake struck in the remote district of Awaran in Pakistan's Baluchistan province on Tuesday afternoon. Such a quake is considered major, capable of widespread and heavy damage.

The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi, the Indian capital, some 1,200 kilometres away, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported there.

A provincial official, Additional Home Secretary of Baluchistan Zahid bin Maqsood, put the death toll at 210 and said 375 people had been injured, while a spokesman for the provincial government, Jan Mohammad Bulaidi, put the death toll at 216 conflicting figures likely due to the difficulty in contacting local officials and people in the remote region.

In Pakistani cities such as Karachi along the Arabian Sea and Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, people ran into the streets in fear when the quake hit.

The Pakistani military said it was rushing troops and helicopters to Awaran district and the nearby area of Khuzdar. Local officials said they were sending doctors, food and 1,000 tents for people who had nowhere to sleep as strong aftershocks continued to shake the region.

Most of the victims were killed when their houses collapsed. Pakistani television showed pictures of the area. Walls of the mud brick houses had collapsed, and people were gathered outside because they had no homes to sleep in.

Baluchistan is Pakistan's largest province but also the least populated and most impoverished. Awaran district has about 300,000 residents.

Baluchistan and neighbouring Iran are prone to earthquakes. A magnitude 7.8 quake centred just across the border in Iran killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April.
Pakistan earthquake death toll rises to 210 people - World - CBC News

Quake kills 45 in Pakistan, creates new island in sea | Reuters

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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.

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.
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Tragic. I believe the toll is higher now..
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Anyone coming across decent video footage of the island? Youtube results in nothing other than leeches spamming the site with shitty videos to get hits without giving anything useful in return.
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Anyone coming across decent video footage of the island? Youtube results in nothing other than leeches spamming the site with shitty videos to get hits without giving anything useful in return.
CNN has a crappy video of the Island.

Earthquake so powerful it creates island - CNN.com Video
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300+ are confirmed dead now :/ that island though, amazing
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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Am I the only one that wants to see more of the island? Something like this hasn't happened in a long time, land rising from the sea (as to create an entire island), it would be an excellent subject for geological research.
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Massive quake creates new island off Pakistan coast - The Globe and Mail
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New evidence via sat pic of island...pretty fascinating.

Creation of a new island off Pakistan, before and after - National | Globalnews.ca
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The area has been getting some strong aftershocks a 6.8 hit the other day killing more people
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Reality of Earthquake....RIP to those there...and BC friends, be prepared as it can happen anytime for BC too
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