Mount Everest Moved An Entire Inch From Nepal’s 7.8 Earthquake


Mountains are big, yo.

That's why we should just stop for a minute, and think about just how much force it would take to literally move a mountain.

Not just any mountain either, but the tallest mountain in the world: Mount Everest.

It takes a lot of crazy math, but basically, knowing Everest's footprint, plus its height, and the general composition of the rocks of which it's built, we can guess that its weight is somewhere around 357 trillion pounds, give or take. That's 178 billion tons, if that helps.

That's the equivalent of 27,000 great pyramids of Giza, or 4,462,500,000,000 wolves, if that somehow helps you make sense of just how insanely heavy the mountain is.

Chinese authorities have discovered that after the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal in April, Mount Everest has shifted! The entire bazillion-pound pile of rocks and frozen climber corpses was moved about 1.2-inches to the southwest. That's so nuts.

The April 25th quake was incredibly powerful, shifting the world's tallest mountain and killing over 8,000 people. However, no matter how much the Earth shook, the mountain's height remained unchanged.

Back in 2005, China set up a satellite monitoring system on the mountain peak to track its movements. Since then, Everest has been steadily moving northeast, pushing forward at a speed of 4-centimeters a year. The quake caused the mountain to stumble back, shifting it to where it would've been about 9 months ago.

It's okay, Everest, wherever you're going, I'm sure you'll get there eventually. Stay strong, mountain.

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