Joel Callen

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Thu, 18 Jun, 2015

Mount Everest has shifted since Nepal earthquake

Mount Everest has shifted since Nepal earthquake

The phrase “to move mountains” is typically used to demonstrate someone’s strong will to accomplish a task. But it’s just a metaphor; no one really thinks mountains move, do they? Well, it’s time to shake up your worldview: Mount Everest is on the move.

According to the Chinese government, the world’s highest peak moved both laterally and horizontally as a result of the earthquake in Nepal on April 25. Research by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation shows that Everest moved 3cm to the south-west since the quake. There was also a shift in height: the European space Agency released satellite data showing the mountain had shrunk by 2.5cm because of the earthquake.

In the last 10 years to April, Everest had moved 40cm north-east, and had risen 3cm. With the recent loss of height, the summit is just about back to where it was in 2005.

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