Hi­malayas sub­sided by 60 cm af­ter Nepal quake

Asian Journal - - Asia -

Lon­don: The Hi­malayas sub­sided by up to 60 cm af­ter the April 2015 Nepal earth­quake - but the world’s tallest peak, the 8,848-me­tre Mt Everest was too far from the sub­si­dence area to be af­fected, re­searchers have found Us­ing satel­lite tech­nol­ogy, re­searchers found that the Hi­malayas sub­sided by up to 60 cm af­ter the April 2015 Nepal earth­quake that killed more than 8,000 peo­ple. Mount Everest, more than 50 km east of the earth­quake zone, was too far away to be af­fected by the sub­si­dence seen in this event, the re­searchers said. The re­searchers ex­plained that the ap­par­ent growth of the Hi­malayas be­tween earth­quakes is a re­sult of a dan­ger­ous kink in the re­gional fault line below Nepal. This kink had cre­ated a ramp 20 km below the sur­face, with ma­te­rial con­stantly be­ing pushed up and rais­ing the height of the moun­tains. The study was pub­lished in the jour­nal Na­ture Geo­science.

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