Date
28 March 2017
Mt. Everest has been moving at a speed of 4 cm per year and growing by 0.3 cm annually, Chinese experts say. Photo: Wikimedia
Mt. Everest has been moving at a speed of 4 cm per year and growing by 0.3 cm annually, Chinese experts say. Photo: Wikimedia

Everest moved 40 cm in past decade, say Chinese experts

Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, has moved 40 centimeters to the northeast over the past 10 years, with its height increasing by three centimeters, according to China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation.

Data collected by the agency from 2005 to 2015 shows that the mountain, known as Mt. Qomolangma in China, has been moving at a speed of four centimeters per year and has been growing by 0.3 centimeter annually, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Everest, whose peak is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level, is located on the collision belt between the Indian and the Eurasian Plates, where the crustal movements are active.

Geographical changes in the area have great influence on the climate, environment and ecology of East and South Asia, the report said, citing experts.

The agency set up a satellite monitoring system on Everest in 2005 and started to observe the mountain’s movement.

It said Everest shifted three centimeters southwestward after the devastating Nepal earthquake on April 25, while the height of the mountain was left unaffected.

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