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The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said today.

According to early seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel through Earth after an earthquake, the ground beneath the capital Kathmandu may have moved about three metres (10 feet) southward, said University of Cambridge tectonics expert James Jackson.

His analysis was similar to that of Sandy Steacy, head of the physical sciences department at the University of Adelaide.

"It's likely that the earthquake occurred on the Himalayan Thrust fault, a plate boundary that separates the northern moving Indian sub-continent from Eurasia," said Steacy.

"The fault dips about 10 degrees to the north-northeast. The relative movement across the fault zone was on the order of three metres at its greatest, just north of Kathmandu."

The fault lies between two tectonic plates -- one bearing India pushing northward into a plate carrying Europe and Asia at a rate of about two centimetres (0.8 inches) per year -- the process that created the Himalayas in the first place. (NDTV)

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  • Nandak Tuesday, 28 April 2015 03:39 PM

    We are waiting for a comment from our geologist Patali Champika, on this to confirm this report!.

    lkboy Tuesday, 28 April 2015 03:43 PM

    Does this mean India is going further away from us?

    simon Tuesday, 28 April 2015 04:09 PM

    It should move out to a another continent

    Giabao Tuesday, 28 April 2015 04:26 PM

    Then the fisherman problem will have a natural solution. LOL

    Nanda Tuesday, 28 April 2015 04:39 PM

    Yes. India is moving away from us but very slowly...We are moving to towards Australia...

    Narayan Tuesday, 28 April 2015 05:09 PM

    We are also on the Indian plate boy.

    Dave Tuesday, 28 April 2015 06:04 PM

    I think you should see how much India and the Indian people are doing to help the Nepalese people. Contrast this with the response of the "strong" Chinese to the Phillipine cyclone when they donated less money than the Swedish furniture maker, IKEA. Chinese are only giving money to aid their diplomacy. They have no compassion and interest for the Nepalese people. Indians on the other hand genuinely care about the Nepalese people. I hope India does not come to the aid of Sri Lanka for any future disaster. You people deserve China and Chinese money. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    Raj Tuesday, 28 April 2015 06:18 PM

    People who make funny comments on this please remember that natural disasters are common for all and it sends a clear message to all living creatures.. It is time for us to realize that hatred is not going to help us in anyway everybody has a right to live anywhere in this world beyond jurisdictions.. via DM Android App

    Geologist Tuesday, 28 April 2015 06:38 PM

    According to my calculations this will tilt the south indian plate slighly upward. We will see shore line recovering down South.


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