The deadly avalanche that swept through the Mt. Everest base camp after Saturday’s massive earthquake in Nepal was caught on video by a German climber.
“The ground is shaking,” someone shouts as the footage begins.
Moments later, climbers in the distance begin to run before the avalanche itself is visible. Then, within seconds, the camera fills with a fast-moving cloud, signaling the advance of the avalanche.
Warning: Video includes strong language
Helicopter teams began evacuating critically injured climbers at Mount Everest’s base camp Sunday morning, but the effort came to an abrupt halt when a significant new aftershock triggered more avalanches and fears of additional casualties at the world’s highest peak.
Dozens of climbers and Sherpas, their Nepali guides, remain trapped on the side of the mountain at two camps that sit above where the avalanche fell, climbers said in tweets and other social-
media posts. Ropes and other equipment left in place to help them descend had been swept away in Saturday’s avalanche.
Daniel Mazur, a climber trapped at Camp 1, tweeted Sunday “Aftershock @ 1 pm! Horrible here in camp 1 Avalanches on 3 sides. C1 [Camp 1] a tiny island. We worry about the icefall team below. Alive?”