Watch a Frightening Video of the Everest Avalanche
Jost Kobusch uploaded this video to Youtube today and wrote, “The ground was shaking from the earthquake and as soon as we saw people running we were running ourselves to save our lives.”
That avalanche was caused the the recent earthquake in Nepal that has killed over 2,500 people.
It’s the deadliest disaster in the history of climbing on the world’s highest peak. There were over 60 people injured and the 17 bodies have been recovered. Three Americans were among those killed, according to the State Department. Throughout Nepal, over 2,500 people have died from the earthquake.
There are over 200 people who were around the Mount Everest basecamp area who are missing.
CBC reported: Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor that leveled this city. They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn’t know when what they feared would strike.
“It was sort of a nightmare waiting to happen,” said seismologist James Jackson, head of the earth sciences department at the University of Cambridge in England. “Physically and geologically what happened is exactly what we thought would happen.”