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Quake forms island in Arabian Sea

FROM NOWHERE An aerial photo shows the Arabian Sea's new island, which formed after an earthquake on September 24.

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A new island has sprung to the surface of the Arabian Sea. The island sits just off the southern coast of Pakistan and formed after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake rocked the western part of the country on September 24. The quake probably shook loose methane gas and water trapped in the sea sediments and forced part them to the water’s surface. The process has formed islands in the Arabian Sea in the past, according to a recent study in Nature Geoscience.

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