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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nepal earthquake shifted Mt. Everest by 3 centimeters

7.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015 not only destroyed the Kathmandu valley and finish more than 8,000 lives. The devastating earthquake also shifted Mount Everest or Qomolangma - the Chinese language - as far as 3 cm to the southwest.

But not until the Nepal quake impact on the world's highest peak, which rises as high as 8,848 meters. Similarly, according to the Agency for Survey, Mapping and Geological Information China.

Chinese media reports, the Beijing government has long put a satellite monitoring system at the top of Everest, since 2005, to monitor the movement of the mountain. A decade later known Everest moves 40 cm to the northeast at a speed of 4 cm per year, and the higher of 0.3 cm per year.
Mount Everest after the Nepal earthquake. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Bv7u3O)
"Mount Everest constantly moving to the northeast. And the earthquake made it bounced slightly in the opposite direction," said Xu Xiwei, deputy head of the Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing was quoted as saying on the China Daily website. "The scale of these movements are normal and do not affect life there."

However, the earthquake that occurred last April reversing the movement of the mountain - to the point where he was 9 months earlier. When the incident, it triggered landslides in the mountains and surrounding areas, in the border region Nepal and China, claimed the lives of many climbers.

Death in large numbers to force a number of tour providers ascent to the highest mountain in the Himalayas cancel the trip for the rest of the season. Recent data from China shows, the second major earthquake that occurred on April 12, with the power of 7.5 SR did not disturb Everest.

The findings of a team of Chinese experts argue that analysis of a number of experts predict earthquakes, Everest may be shifted up to a few meters in the quake Nepal. But predictions of seismologists confirmed that the height did not change the truth.

Located on the border of China and Nepal, the mountain is also known as Sagarmatha by residents of Kathmandu Valley were in meetings Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

"By measuring movements, scientists can learn the principles of how the Earth's energies and carve-scale release of energy released," said Xu.

"These measures help us find the source of tectonic movements and observe when abnormal movements occur." *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CHINA DAILY]
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