OREANDA-NEWSChina and Nepal jointly decided to re-measure Everest. This happened against the backdrop of statements by some geologists that the peak height could decrease due to the 2015 earthquake. About this writes the Chinese media with reference to the joint statement of the authorities of the two countries on Sunday, October 13.

The corresponding agreement was reached during the state visit of President Xi Jinping to Nepal, where he met with his local counterpart Bidhya Devi Bhandari. "Recognizing that Mount Sagarmatha/Jomolungma is an eternal symbol of friendship between Nepal and China, both sides will jointly declare the height of the mountain and conduct scientific research", the joint statement said.

In the spring of 2015, a series of powerful earthquakes took place in Nepal, one of them was a magnitude 7.8, which led to the death of more than 8 thousand people, almost 20 thousand were injured. The authorities of Nepal then said that at least 10% of buildings were destroyed or damaged in the country. After these earthquakes, some geologists suggested that the height of Everest could decrease by about 3 cm.