The Nepal Earthquake Shifted Mount Everest by an Inch

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The recent Nepalese earthquake turned swathes of Kathmandu into rubble and killed 8,700. But it also had a large, if less perceptible, impact on one of Nepal’s largest assets: it shifted Mount Everest by three centimetres.

According to the state-run newspaper China Daily, local geologists have determined that the first earthquake to hit Nepal this spring shifted the mountain three centimetres to the southwest. Over the last few years, the mountain has in fact been moving northeast at four centimetres per year. So the quake resets the last nine months of shift.

The geologists note that the second, slightly smaller, earthquake to hit Nepal had no impact on the mountain’s position. Its height is also said to be unaffected. [China Daily via AFP via Verge]

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