Mount Everest shrank 1 inch due to the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal
The natural calamities not only affect humanity, but also affects the environment itself. In 2015, when the Nepal earthquake took place, it not only took away the life of thousands of people but also caused the world’s largest mountain Everest to shrink by an inch or so. This information has been provided by the Initial Satellite that the mountain has reduced in height. The measurements are not accurate to define the change, and still process is going on to arrive at a conclusion.
The mission to measure the exact height is not easy, and it takes lots of time to do so. Many other factors are considered before submitting the actual report. The weather conditions are monitored, and official permissions are required to top the mountain and record the height. The last measurement which took place was over 60 years ago, by the Indian Government. In the year 1955, the actual height of Mt Everest was 29029 feet above sea level.
The Nepal earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 which was strong enough to cause massive calamities. More than 9000 people were killed and around 22000 injured in and around Barpak, Gorkha. The main tremor was activated from the Indian Plate pushing beneath the Eurasian Plate, the course that has elevated the Himalayan Highlands. It caused significant ground movements, which made upright mounting by up to 30ft. Besides, 10 feet of horizontal change was seen in the capital city of Kathmandu.
To some point, this shift rationally conveyed through the Himalayan Mountains. The researchers projected the drop of approximately 1 meter after the tremor occurred. If the correct measurements are to be known, then the combinations of resources have to be deployed on the ground. It will include a proper ground survey, GPS, triangulation, team of mountaineers along with huge expenditure. The whole process might take weeks to finish and arrive at the conclusion of Everest’s height.
Measuring a mountain’s height is a challenging process and needs a set course of line to follow. The procedure will take time as proper devices have to be set up at the base camp of the peak so as to receive improved signals. Full accuracy and precision are required to measure the actual height difference of the mountain.
Irrespective of the height that Mt. Everest has lost, it has no risk of withholding its position as the highest mountaintop in the world. The second tallest is K2 which is still 778 feet shorter than the Mount Everest.