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Mount Everest Moved an Inch During Quake, but Didn't Shrink

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 12:50 PM

Mount Everest moved roughly 1.2 inches southwest during the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that ravaged Nepal in April, the Chinese government said this week.

As CNN reported, China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping, and Geoinformation announced that the 29,029-foot mountain was previously drifting about 1.5 inches each year to the northeast.

That means that the earthquake was so strong it set the world's tallest mountain back nine months in its path.

When the quake struck on April 25, it resulted in 8,700 deaths, including 18 buried in the Everest avalanche it triggered.

Notably, the subsequent 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck on May 12 did not move the mountain, said the Chinese seismologists.

It remains unclear if the quakes will affect the height of the mountain in the long run. It grew by 1.2 inches from 2005 to 2015.

Mount Everest's base camps were destroyed in the earthquake and resultant avalanche, and climbs have been canceled for the year.

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