Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mount Everest Hit By Avalanche After Nepal Earthquake

Via The Telegraph:

A large earthquake in Kathmandu has triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing eight people at base camp.

A powerful earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, climbers said, raising fears for those on the world's highest peak a year after another avalanche caused the deadliest incident on the mountain.

An official from the Nepal tourist board confirmed that part of Everest base camp had been buried, and that eight people had been killed.

"The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas", said Gyanendra Shrestha.

Tiku Gurung, an executive committee member of the Expedition Operators Association, which represents Everest's Sherpas, said there were reports that five climbers had died. It was not clear whether this was in addition to the eight killed at base camp, or an alternative toll.

"We're not exactly sure but we believe five are dead", he said. "There are so many people injured but we do not know the exact number. The avalanch came from so many sides", he told the Telegraph.

He said there were currently between 700 and 800 climbers on the mountain.

Romanian climber Alex Gavan said on Twitter that there had been a "huge avalanche" and "many, many" people were up on the mountain.

"Running for life from my tent", said Mr Gavan.

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