Mount Everest shifted southwest due to Nepal earthquake
BEIJING (AFP) – The world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, moved three centimetres to the south-west because of the Nepal earthquake that devastated the country in April, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.
The 7.8-magnitude quake reversed the gradual north-easterly course of the mountain, according to a report in the state-run China Daily, citing the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation.
Before the quake, Everest had moved 40 centimetres to the northeast over the past decade at a speed of four centimetres a year, the report said. The mountain also rose three centimetres over the same time period.
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