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Shocking moment: Avalanche ripping through Everest camp captured by climbers (VIDEO) Tags: Asia Earthquake Extreme sports Natural disasters Thrills&Spills

Shocking moment: Avalanche ripping through Everest camp captured by climbers (VIDEO)

RT April 27 2015 ShortURL

A cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flies towards Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

It is hard enough to survive a massive earthquake in Nepal and for that to be followed by a horrific avalanche at Mount Everest. However, some climbers managed to capture the moment they were hit by a sea of ice and snow crashing into them on camera.

A terrifying video posted on YouTube by German climber Jost Kobusch shows people at the Everest Base Camp stumbling in confusion as powerful the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday.

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Kobusch can be heard saying “the ground is shaking,” while laughing nervously at the start of the clip. The visibility was so poor, he was hardly able to see the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains.

Climbers nearby begin scrambling, yelling and trying to warn others of the imminent avalanche. Caught off guard, people try to find some cover, but the wall of snow was quick and brutal.

Cursing profoundly, the German hides in front of a tent with no proper protection. Seconds later, the climbers are buried by a wave of snow. One can hear Kobusch and another man trying to catch their breath, as the climber goes into a state of shock.

 

In this photograph taken on April 25, 2015, rescuers use a makeshift stretcher to carry an injured person after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

In this photograph taken on April 25, 2015, rescuers use a makeshift stretcher to carry an injured person after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

 

The men in the video were lucky to survive, but the massive avalanche ended up killing some 20 people at the camp and injuring dozens of others. Rescue missions were launched, with the critically injured evacuated by helicopters. However, other rescue operations were hampered by bad weather, aftershocks and the fact that some 100 climbers were cut off from the Base Camp due to the collapsed Icefall route.

A new 6.7-magnitude aftershock hit Nepal at 07:09 GMT on Sunday, which unleashed another series of avalanches in the Himalayas.

An avalanche came close to hitting the base camp at Mount Everest as well, but luckily, fell just short.

 

An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

 

Kobusch was not the only climber who ended up filming the terrifying passage that unfolded. RT’s video agency Ruptly obtained the helmet camera footage of Belgian climber Jelle Veyt, who also was at the Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft), when the avalanche smashed through it. AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt managed to grab a photo of the enormous wall of snow headed towards the camp, before running for his life

Over 3,300 people have been killed following the earthquake on Saturday, while more than 6,200 have been injured. Many hundreds are still unaccounted for.

International organizations and countries have been sending aid to Nepal. On Sunday, Russian, American and Canadian aircraft flew out with rescue teams onboard. Sweden has pledged $1.5 million in aid, with Canada vowing to send $5 million.

 

 

 

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7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal, damage reported (VIDEO) Tags: Earthquake India Natural disasters

7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal, damage reported (VIDEO)

RT April 25 2015 ShortURL

Nepalese rescue members remove the body from Darahara Tower in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015. (AFP Photo / Prakash Mathema)

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal and India, killing at least two people. The most severe damage was seen in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where buildings collapsed, reportedly causing numerous injuries.

Shortly after the earthquake, the USGS raised the initial 7.5-magnitude of the quake to 7.9.

 

People wait at a school after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. (Reuters)

People wait at a school after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. (Reuters)

 

It occurred 33km east of Lamjung District and 80km northwest of Kathmandu, which has a population of about 1 million. The quake was at a depth of 31km.

Everyone is out in the streets of Kathmandu and people are rushing to hospitals, local media reported.

Reuters witness said a child has been killed in a town near Kathmandu when a statue fell in a park. A 15-year-old girl also reportedly died in India after the tremor brought a house wall down.

 

 

 

Locals on Twitter post numerous photos of apparent damage in Kathmandu and say there have been human losses following the earthquake. No official confirmation from the authorities has been released yet.

The historic Dharahara (Bhimsen) Tower, dating back to 1832, has reportedly collapsed in Kathmandu, said witnesses. The 62-meter-high monument was a part of Architecture of Kathmandu recognized by UNESCO.

According to witnesses at least one body was removed from the tower and a second lay further up the road. About 50 people are now being trapped inside the collapsed tower, Nepal media reported.

 

image from http://earthquake.usgs.gov

image from http://earthquake.usgs.gov

 

Some tremors were reportedly felt in some cities in eastern and northern India, including the capital, New Delhi, said JL Gautam, Head Operations Seismology of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

People were seen running from their houses after the buildings shook for several minutes in Delhi and parts of the National Capital Region.

“News has come in about an earthquake in Nepal. Several parts of India also experienced tremors,” Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted.

Also tremors were felt in the cities of Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Jaipur and Chandigarh.

 
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