New island has a short lifespan

by Jan Ligthart

ISLAMABAD26 October - Last month saw the birth of a new island in the Arabian Sea. Near the port of Gwadar, in the far southwest of Pakistan, an island appeared after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. Aptly named Earthquake Island, it seems to have a short life span.

The island is probably the result of methane gas under the seafloor pushing up a massive amount of mud. Earthquake Island attracted quite a lot of attention from locals and experts alike. Scientists predicted that the island, or rather the islet since it only measures 0.3 hectare, would not last long. And they seem to be right. The island is slowly sinking back to where it came from. And thus does not make it into the All About Islands Index.