Nepal Earthquake: Everest Death Toll Reaches 18

As widely reported in the mainstream media, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale has hit Nepal, causing devastation in Bangladesh, India, Tibet, and on Mount Everest, where avalanches were triggered. A 6.7 magnitude aftershock between Everest and Kathmandu has also caused further destruction.

A chilly night at Everest Base Camp., 192 kb
A chilly night at Everest Base Camp.
© ScottMackenzie, Apr 2014

The latest reports indicate that more than 3,600 people have lost their lives, with this figure expected to rise as the search and rescue operation continues. This is the strongest earthquake to hit the country since an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck in 1934.

In what is the busiest period of the year on Mount Everest, at least 18 people are believed to have been killed, and 61 injured, by an avalanche triggered on Pumori which wiped out the Base Camp. More than 200 climbers have been rescued as the weather cleared and allowed for helicopter access to the mountain, yet many remain missing.

This is the single biggest loss of life on Mount Everest ever recorded, exceeding the 16 Sherpas killed last year on the Khumbu Icefall due to a serac collapse.

More information:

BBC News

Watch a video of the moment the avalanche swept through Everest Base Camp below.


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