Asian Journal

Himalayas subsided by 60 cm after Nepal quake

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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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