The Nepal Earthquake Nudged Mount Everest Three Centimeters to the Southwest
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April moved Mount Everest 3 centimeters, or 1.2 inches, to the southwest, according to a report released this week by China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping, and Geoinformation, and reported by the state-run China Daily. The world’s highest mountain had been moving northeast for the past decade at a pace of about 1.6 inches per year, but the earthquake caused it to “bounce” a little bit in the opposite direction.
The April 25 earthquake, which killed over 8,800 people, also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall that buried an entire camp and ended the lives of at least 18, making it the single deadliest accident in Everest’s history. Nepal’s Sherpa community has since called off expeditions for the rest of this year’s climbing season.
According to that same survey, the 7.3-magnitude aftershock that followed on May 12 did not move the mountain, and neither quake had any effect on Everest’s height, which remains at 29,028 feet above sea level, having risen by 1.2 inches over the last decade.