Nepal earthquake moved Mount Everest 1.2 inches

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Nepal Earthquake Moved Mount Everest By 1.2 Inches

In yet another indicator of the power of the April 25th earthquake that devastated parts of Nepal, the Chinese geologists are reporting that the quake moved Mount Everest by 3 centimeters or about 1.2 inches.

Based on data from a monitoring system setup in 2005, China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation notes that the mountain had been moving northeast at the rate of four centimeters or 1.6 inches annually.

The April earthquake changed its course of movement causing Everest to shift in the southwest direction. Its height, however, remained unchanged.

According to CNN, the area around the mountain experienced several avalanches that were triggered by the quake and a number of climbers lost their lives.

In total, the 7.8-magnitude earthquake left over 8,000 people dead and tens of thousands injured.

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A sign showing the way to Everest Base Camp high in the Khumb Glacier stands among rocks on April 26, 2015, one day after an earthquake triggered avalanche swept through parts of the base camp killing scores of people. Rescuers faced a race against time on April 29, to find survivors of a mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people when it through Nepal five days ago and devastated large parts of one of Asia's poorest nations. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on April 26, 2015, Buddhst prayer flags flutter in the wind near tents as a rescue helicopter takes off from Everest Base Camp, after an earthquake triggered avalanche crashed through parts of the base camp killing scores of people. Rescuers faced a race against time on April 29, to find survivors of a mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people when it through Nepal five days ago and devastated large parts of one of Asia's poorest nations. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on April 26, 2015, rescuers use stretchers to carry the injured at Everest Base Camp, after an earthquake triggered avalanche crashed through parts of the base camp killing scores of people. Rescuers faced a race against time on April 29, to find survivors of a mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people when it through Nepal five days ago and devastated large parts of one of Asia's poorest nations. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on April 26, 2015, rocks are kept over flattened tents at Everest Base Camp, to cover the bodies of some of the people that died a day earlier as an earthquake triggered avalanche crashed through parts of the base camp killing scores of people. Rescuers faced a race against time on April 29, to find survivors of a mammoth earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people when it through Nepal five days ago and devastated large parts of one of Asia's poorest nations. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
An injured person is helped to a landing area to be loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base Camp. The bodies of those who perished lie under orange tents. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
This general view shows Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Nepali sherpas and other Nepali members of expeditons watch as an unseen rescue helicopter takes off with the injured from Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base Camp. The bodies of those who perished lie under orange tents. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
This general view shows Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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