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.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the earthquake that moved Mount Everest triggered a huge avalanche resulting in the deaths of several Mount Everest climbers, including Google’s Dan Fredinburg. Jagged Edge, the company with which Dan was climbing Mount Everest, posted this message on their website following the deadly earthquake.
“It is with the greatest sorrow that we report the death of one of our Everest team members, Daniel Fredinburg. Two other team members have non-life threatening injuries, as a result of the avalanche that struck base camp during the earthquake and its aftershocks. They are being looked after in base camp. All Sherpas and other team members are uninjured and are safe in base camp or in Gorak Shep, a nearby cluster of tea houses and lodges.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family and friends whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation.”
— PostTV (@PostTV) May 3, 2015
The fact that the Nepal earthquake was strong enough to have actually moved the gargantuan Mount Everest is astounding.
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