Washington Post] Watching from the the other side of the globe, it can hard to fathom the power of a massive earthquake like the magnitude 7.8 tremor that rocked Nepal on April 25, killing more than 8,500 people.
another way to think about it: The quake was so powerful that it
physically shoved over the world's highest peak by 3 centimeters, or
about 1.2 inches, according to Chinese state media.
That data comes from "a satellite monitoring system" that the Chinese
government set up in 2005 to observe the movement of the mountain,
state media reported.
The mountain is constantly moving, even without earthquakes.
"Monitoring data collected by the department from 2005 to 2015 shows
that the mountain has been moving at a speed of four centimeters per
year and has been growing by 0.3 centimeters annually," state media
said. The mountain's slow-moving journey is caused by the collision of
the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which forces the ground upward,
creating the Himalayas.
The quake didn't affect Everest's height, but it reversed nine months of northeasterly movement in a matter of seconds, according to CNN.
It also triggered several deadly avalanches on the mountain that killed
19 and strapped more than 100 others on the peak, bringing a swift end
to the 2015 climbing season. Read More