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Nepal earthquake moved Mount Everest by 3 centimeters

Nepal earthquake moved Mount Everest by 3 centimeters


7.8-magnitude quake reversed Everest's northeast course, but didn't affect its height, Chinese geologists say

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The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April caused Mount Everest to move 3 centimeters to the southwest, geologists in China announced in a report published this week. The world's highest peak had been moving northeast at a pace of 4 centimeters per year over the past decade, the state-run China Daily reports, citing the national administration of surveying, mapping and geoinformation.

Second quake had no effect on Everest

The April 25th earthquake, which triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, was one of two major quakes that struck Nepal this spring, leaving more than 8,700 people dead. The Everest avalanche killed 18 people and left many climbing routes damaged, forcing authorities to halt all climbs for the rest of the season. The 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which struck on May 12th, did not move the mountain, the geologists said in Monday's report.

At an elevation of 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest straddles the border between Nepal and China. In the report published Monday, China's national surveying administration said the height of the mountain has risen by three centimeters from 2005 to 2015, but was unaffected by the April earthquake, supporting preliminary analyses from other geologists.