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Everest Earthquake: Death-count Rising – Video Post-Avalanche

An avalanche in Nepal has killed over 1,000 people and at Everest Basecamp, the death count is rising.

The magnitude 7.8 quake struck on Saturday about 80 kilometers northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

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A photo from the damage the avalanche from the Everest earthquake has caused. Photo CBC
A photo from the damage the avalanche from the Everest earthquake has caused. Photo CBC

The earthquake started an avalanche that hit the Khumbu Icefall area and buried several climbers. “Right now, it is pretty chaotic and we try to help those injured,” Danish climber Carsten Lillelund Pedersen told Ritzau.

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Just over one year after the deadly avalanche killed 16 Sherpas on the Khumbu Icefall, Everest is back in the news for another disaster.

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Canadians Nancy Hansen and Raphael Slawinski are on separate expeditions on the north side of Everest where the earthquake was felt, but no damage was done. Slawinski sent out a message today saying, “All good on the north side,” after the earthquake.

Latest email from Slawinski, sent just before the earthquake:

We just came down from a second night at 5,900 m and a second jaunt to 6,300 m. Now we have a few days’ rest in basecamp at 5,200 m (which is starting to feel really good) before moving up to advanced basecamp at 6,500 m, There we’ll make a couple of trips up to 7,800 m or so, at which point we’ll declare ourselves ready for the main attraction. With our schedule as it stands now, we’re looking at starting our attempt around May 21. I’ll turn the phone on every morning for the next couple of days, if people want to call to interview, hopefully we manage to connect.

Tim Bradshaw of the British Army talks to Sky News about the moment the earthquake hit Base camp.

There has been a number of geologic events this week that have forever changed lives. Last week a massive rockfall in Squamish took out hundreds of mature coastal trees. The rockfall sent Canada’s climbing capital into shock, luckily nobody was injured. In Chile this week, the volcano Calbuco has erupted three times causing huge evacuations and irreversible damage.

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