Nepal earthquake moves Mount Everest three centimetres

World’s highest peak shifts three centimetres southwest, Chinese national survey agency finds

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Mount Everest moved three centimetres to the southwest following the recent 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake, Chinese state media reported on Sunday.

Citing China’s national surveying agency, China Daily said the devastating earthquake caused Everest to reverse its gradual shift to the northeast and instead moved it southwest.

According to the report, before the earthquake Everest had shifted at a speed of 4 cm a year over the past decade, a total of 40 cm to the northeast. During the same period the 8,848 meter high mountain peak rose by an additional 3 cm.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal on April 25 killed about 8,700 people and damaged several historic sites. It was followed by 7.3 quake which killed more than 100 people in the Himalayan region of the country.

The earthquake caused an avalanche which hit an Everest base camp and killed 18 climbers. China and Nepal authorities cancelled permission for all further climbs this year following the catastrophe.

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