Mount Everest 2.5 cm shorter

Mount Everest 2.5 cm shorter

Climbers moving forward to the higher altitude.

Climbers moving forward to the higher altitude.

Data obtained from European Space Agency Satellites shows Mount Everest subsided in last week’s devastating quake, leaving it about 2.5cm shorter than before.

The loss in stature has not lost the famous mountain its title as world’s biggest as the second highest, K2 in the Karakoram range across Pakistan and China, is still 785 feet lower.
The changes, caused Nepal’s capital Kathmandu to rise by about 3ft.

The differences are calculated by comparing before and after radar imagery.

There were horizontal shifts of up to 7ft also detected in the region.

Everest should regain the height over the next two-and-a-half years as peaks in the Himalayas grow about a cm a year due to collisions in the tectonic plates.

Professor Tim Wright of the University of Leeds, told the BBC the data, recorded on April 29, just days after the disaster, will also help predict future tectonic activity.

He said: “We want to know which parts of the fault slipped. And that’s important because it tells us those parts that did not, and which are still primed and ready to go in a future earthquake.”

The estimated number of people killed in the most severe quake there in 80 years is 8,000.


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