A view of Mount Everest towering over the Nupse, from the village of Tembuche in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal on April 20, 2015.
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By Jack Linshi
June 16, 2015

The earthquake that struck Nepal was powerful enough to move a mountain, Chinese authorities said Monday.

Mount Everest shifted three centimeters southwest after the 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25, according to data from a satellite set up in 2005 by China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, its state-run news organization Xinhua reports. That’s a significant movement for Mount Everest, which the agency said has moved only 4 cm. annually on average between 2005 and 2015 due to crustal movements.

Authorities said the geophysical impact of the devastating quake, which left more than 8,500 people dead, did not change the height of the world’s tallest peak, at some 29,000 feet.

[Xinhua]

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