Science says the world's newest island is the result of an earthquake in Pakistan. We aren't so sure.
On September 24th, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. In its aftermath, Slate describes how a new plot of land bubbled to the surface of the Arabian Sea. The official explanation involves plate tectonics and five billion years' worth of geology.
The island formed when the quake shook a deposit of natural gas trapped below the surface. This loosened the material above it, allowing the gas to rise, carrying mud, rock, and sand with it.
Sure, it could have occurred naturally. But who is to say this earthquake isn't the work of Lex Luthor, wanting a Fortress of Solitude of his own. Or Dr. Claw, trying to get off the grid now that Inspector Gadget teamed up with NSA? SPECTRE's been silent since the Cold War. Are they regrouping as Al-Qaeda is reeling? Is this island their new base of operations? All we are saying is there could be more to this than meets the eye. We will be keeping a close watch on this place.