Survey to remeasure Everest begins:
Nepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world’s tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015, the government said Friday.
The official height of Mount Everest — which lies in the Himalayan range, straddling the border between Nepal and China — is 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), first recorded by an Indian survey in 1954.
Numerous other teams have measured the peak, although the 1954 height remains the widely accepted figure.
“Nepal has never measured Everest on its own although the world’s highest peak lies in its territory. So we want to prove to our people that Nepal is capable of measuring Everest,” Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, head of the government’s survey department, told AFP. A team of Nepali and foreign experts have begun refining the methodology for the new survey, which is expected to take two years, Bhatta said. (AFP)