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Mount Everest a bit higher than past measurements, China, Nepal say – Sydney Morning Herald

Mount Everest has a new official height, ending a discrepancy between China and Nepal.

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There had been debate over the actual height of the peak and concern that it might have shrunk after a major earthquake in 2015. The quake killed 9000 people, damaged about 1 million structures in Nepal and triggered an avalanche on Everest that killed 19 people at the base camp.
There was no doubt that Everest would remain the highest peak because the second highest, Mount K2, is only 8611 metres tall.
Everest’s height was first determined by a British team about 1856 as 8842 metres.
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