11 Images Of The Devastating Earthquake In Pakistan That Was Powerful Enough To Create A New Island

At least 330 people have died and as many as 445 injured in the 7.7 magnitude quake that has left thousands homeless in southwestern Pakistan.

1. A violent earthquake ripped through a remote region in southwestern Pakistan on Sept. 25, killing as many as 330 people and injuring 445.

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A survivor of an earthquake walks near the rubble of a mud house after it collapsed following the quake in the town of Awaran, southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

2. Up to 700 people are feared dead in remote villages beyond the reach of rescue services, doctors told The Telegraph.

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Pakistani child survivors are treated in a makeshift hospital in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran.

3. The powerful earthquake flattened scores of mud houses in villages, leaving thousands homeless.

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Pakistani villagers look for belongings amid the rubble of their destroyed homes.

4. The remoteness of the hit areas and damaged communication networks have hindered rescue operations in some villages. Some of the injured had to be airlifted to major cities such as Quetta and Karachi.

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An injured Pakistani earthquake survivor lies on a bed at a hospital in Karachi.

5. Many people are still feared to be trapped under the rubble and wreckage of their homes.

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Survivors of an earthquake collect their belongings near the rubble of a mud house after it collapsed following the quake in the town of Awaran.

6. Pakistan’s military sent more than 1,000 troops in helicopters and convoys on mountain roads to help with rescue and relief efforts.

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Survivors remove the rubble of a mud house from a vehicle after it collapsed following the earthquake in Awaran.

7. “We have lost everything, even our food is now buried under mud and water from underground channels is now undrinkable because of excessive mud in it due to the earthquake,” Noor Ahmed, a 45-year-old farmer, told The Telegraph.

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A Pakistani child sleeps as earthquake survivors gather near their collapsed mud houses in Awaran.

8. “We need more tents, more medicine and more food,” said a spokesman for the provincial government.

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Survivors sit in a tent near their collapsed mud houses in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran.

9. The quake’s tremors caused buildings to shake in Karachi and were felt as far as New Delhi and Dubai.

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Pakistani office workers speak on their mobile phones on the street after an earthquake in Karachi.

10. The force of the quake created a small island visible off the southern coast.

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In this photo released by the Gwadar local government office on Wednesday, Sept 25, people walk on an island that emerged off the Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.

11. “When such a strong earthquake builds pressure, there is the likelihood of such islands emerging,” the director of National Seismic Monitoring Center told the Associated Press. “That big shock beneath the earth causes a lot of disturbance.”

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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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