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Nepal Earthquake Shrank Mount Everest, Lifted Areas Near Kathmandu 3 Feet

 
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Nepal Earthquake Shrank Mount Everest, Lifted Areas Near Kathmandu 3 Feet
Nepal's massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake transformed the land that was shaken by the natural disaster, pushing areas near the city of Kathmandu higher in elevation and making Mount Everest slightly shorter.

It won't be enough to unseat Everest as the world's tallest peak, but according to studies performed after last weekend's temblor, the mountain is now an inch shorter than before the quake. On the other hand, some locations just outside Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu were lifted 3 feet higher than before the tragic event, the study also found.

These findings were discovered by Europe's Sentinel-1a radar, which passed over the affected areas and scanned the differences in terrain, compared to previous scans before the disaster. The result is a beautiful map where each 1-inch shift in the land is represented by a bright color. As you can see below, the quake caused nearly the entire region to shift.

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