Mount Everest Drastically Moved During Recent Nepal Earthquake? [Video]

Every year, mountain climbers brave the heights of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world. Unfortunately, a large number of would-be Mount Everest conquerors lost their lives during the recent earthquake that hit Nepal, resulting in sudden, deadly avalanches.

The astronomical earthquake that hit Nepal earlier this year on April 25, measuring a whopping magnitude-7.8, was so strong it actually moved Mount Everest more than one inch, or three centimeters, in a southwesterly direction, reports CNN.

The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping, and Geoinformation, a Chinese government department, has been tracking the movement of Mount Everest for the past ten years, since 2005. The department has found that Mount Everest moved an average of four centimeters per year in a northeasterly direction. The height of Mount Everest reportedly grows by 0.3 centimeters each year.

As a result, Mount Everest was moved in the opposite direction than that of its normal course. The earthquake moved Mount Everest into a position that it would have occupied approximately nine months ago.

While the earthquake moved Mount Everest, the height of its peak was not affected. Mount Everest is situated on the border of China and Nepal, between the Indian and Eurasian Plates. Apparently, this is a very active area, and Mount Everest resides directly on a collision course between the two plates.