A powerful earthquake in Pakistan killed over two hundred people and caused land to rise from the seabed creating a new island. Late last night the Awaran district administration confirmed fifty deaths following the earthquake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale, only for the number to dramatically increase once teams were on the ground.
The quake hit Balochistan, a province containing desert and mountain areas. Officials told Reuters that mud huts were destroyed there while thirty percent of houses in the poor Awaran district had caved in. A crowd gathered to witness the new island rise from the ocean from the shore. The landmass is about 15 metres tall and 60 metres long and is situated approximately 2000 metres offshore.
Medical teams along with two hundred army troops are operating in the areas that were worst hit.
The tremors of the quake were felt in Karachi, Hyderabad and other places, including New Delhi. The provincial government has declared an emergency. Jam Kamal Khan, member of the National Assembly, was quoted on TV saying that the number of houses damaged could be 400 or more as rescue teams were yet to assess the damage.
Officials say that while some areas appear to be badly affected, they won’t know the full effects until teams have assessed each location as many of them are quite remote.
(edit: incorrect video posted, replaced with AP video)