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The stunning blue colors of this beautiful lake, nestled among the peaks of the Karakoram mountain range in northern Pakistan, belies its violent origin.

In January 2010, a massive landslide possibly triggered by an earthquake came crashing down the mountains and buried the village of Attabad, in Hunza Valley, in the Gilgit Baltistan region, about 760km away from Islamabad. Rocks and soil dammed the the Hunza River’s drainage area which quickly filled to maximum depth and created a new lake, displacing some six thousand people and damaging more than 20 km of the Karakoram Highway. This highway was the only connection to this remote region.

Attabad Lake

Image credit: Lukas Bischoff Photograph/Shutterstock.com


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