Earthquake Triggers Mt. Everest Avalanche; Hikers Killed and Stranded (UPDATED: Google Exec. Killed)


The massive earthquake in Nepal earlier today killed thousands of people, but it also triggered set off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. So far, reports have said 10 people died, though other unconfirmed reports say as many as 18 bodies have been found, which would make this the deadliest day on Everest in history.

Meanwhile, there are many others who have been reported missing. Scores of people are stranded on the mountain, and some of the tweets about this are from people who had near-death experiences:

One of the men on the mountain said that they dealt with the aftermath of the avalanche at the base camp first, and now they’re trying to “create new routes” to help and look for the others:

“Everybody’s pretty much in rescue mode, but this is different from some independent climbing accident where people can be rescued and taken somewhere else. I don’t know where somewhere else is.”

An Indian Army Everest Expedition Team took swift action to carry out search and rescue operations:

Some photos were taken at the scene of the base camp:

And you can watch video of one of the mountaineers here, via NBC News:

UPDATE — 04/25/15, 5:41 p.m. ET: Google Executive Dies in Avalanche:

Google Executive Daniel Fredinburg was one of the 10 people killed during the avalanche. Google’s Director of Privacy Lawrence You released the following statement:

“Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. +Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly… Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time.”

His sister released the following statement via Instagram:

Below is a picture from Mr. Fredinburg’s Instagram account:

Day 20: Saving ice on top of Kala Patthar. Everest Basecamp in the background is a climate change hotspot. #Savetheice

A photo posted by Dan Fredinburg (@danfredinburg) on

You can read more via ABC News, here

UPDATE — 04/26/15, 12:15 p.m. ET: The New York Times reports that the death toll has risen to more than 2,200 people after a 6.7 magnitude aftershock rocked the country just one day later.

[featured image via @KiranKS]

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