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Does 3 cm shift of Mount Everest change anything for you?

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Mt._Everest_from_Gokyo_Ri_November_5,_2012_CroppedIn the reports of Business Insider, Everest has moved 40 centimetres to the north-east in the past decade with a pace of four centimetres a year. So, if the mountain has moved three centimetres after the Nepal earthquake, it does not make a difference if it shifted three centimetres to southwest.

According to media reports, the devastating April 25 earthquake and the aftershocks thereafter have moved Mount Everest by three centimetres.

China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation suggests that the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, shifted Mount Everest by three centimetres to the southwest, China Daily reported.

Since 2005, the administration has been setting up satellite geodetic survey points on the north side of Everest that enable scientists to measure the speed of tectonic movement.

The devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25 and another measuring 7.3 on May 12, killed over 9,000 people and injured more than 21,000 others.

“The mountain has been constantly moving to the northeast, and the earthquake made it bounce a little bit in the opposite direction,” Xu Xiwei, deputy head of the Institute of Geology at the China Earthquake Administration in Beijing, said.

The second 7.5-magnitude quake in Nepal on May 12, however, did not move the mountain either horizontally or vertically.

During the past decade, the mountain moved 40 cm to the northeast at a speed of four centimetres a year and rose three centimetres at a speed of 0.3 centimetres a year.

-(IANS)

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Earthquake Then Volcano, There is No Relief For the Hawaii Residents

Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens.

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Scientists have been in the field measuring the eruptions 24 hours a day, seven days a week since Kilauea first exploded more than two months ago.
Scientists have been in the field measuring the eruptions 24 hours a day, seven days a week since Kilauea first exploded more than two months ago. Pixabay

A massive quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted Hawaii residents were evacuating from their homes following a volcanic eruption that has not showed any signs of slowing down, authorities said.

The temblor that struck 16 km southwest of Leilani Estates at 12.32 p.m., on Friday, was one of more than 110 earthquakes that hit the island since the Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active, erupted on Wednesday, reports CNN.

US Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Jana Pursley said there have been 119 earthquakes on the Big Island since Thursday afternoon.

The USGS said Friday’s 6.9 quake was the most powerful on the island since 1975.

About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the earthquake.

About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the earthquake.
Earthquake in Hawaii, IANS

The quake has knocked out power to residents who were already dealing with mandatory evacuation orders, molten rock and high levels of sulphur dioxide in the air.

The situation wasn’t getting any better, Civil Defence Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters on Friday afternoon.

“Activity continues. It doesn’t look like it is slowing down,” CNN quoted Magno as saying.

He said five volcanic vents have opened and indicated that at least one house and another structure were destroyed by lava.

It is highly unusual to see the vents so far from Kilauea volcano, he said.

Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens.

Harry Kim, Mayor of Hawaii County, said the government will support residents, including those who want to go back to their homes to pick up some belongings.

“We have to work with them as to how we are going to minimise (the inconveniences) as best as possible,” he said.

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Kim said people who want to check on their homes would be allowed into the neighbourhoods.

Cracks in Kilauea volcano’s rift zone — an area of fissures miles away from the summit — erupted on Thursday and early Friday, spurting lava near the island’s eastern edge.

Video posted on social media showed lava spewing several feet into the air from a new crack in a Leilani Estates street.

Aerial videos showed lava searing a long orange and smoky line through a wooded area.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has activated the National Guard to help with evacuations and security. (IANS)

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