China and Nepal have announced that they have agreed on the latest data on the height of Mount Everest, reported on Tuesday, China Central Television.
“Chairman Xi Jinping and Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari exchanged letters and together announced the last recorded height of Mount Everest – 8 848.86 meters.
China has measured the height of Everest twice – in 1975 and in 2005. In 1975, the height of the mountain was 8,848.13 meters. In 2005, Chinese researchers separately measured the peak Everest, which was 8 844.43 meters in height, and the depth of snow and ice cover (3.5 meters). Nepal believed that the mountain height should be calculated together with the snow cap, and in 2010 the countries agreed to use the Nepal measurement principle.
After the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, geologists from a non-profit consortium of geophysical research UNAVCO stated that the height of Jomolungma (so-called Everest in Nepal) has decreased by 2.5 centimeters.