Survivors and Dead Evacuated from Everest Base Camp
Eyewitnesses describe carnage after shockwave hurls people inside tents
The day after a devastating, 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, approximately 60 survivors from a massive avalanche that blew through Base Camp on Mount Everest have been evacuated to the capital Kathmandu. Reports now indicate that at least 21 individuals died in the event, making it the most deadly day in the history of the mountain but paling in scale to the thousands who perished nationwide in the earthquake.
According to several eyewitness accounts, many of the Base Camp casualties resulted from the immense air blast generated by the avalanche.
“The compressed air that the chunks of snow and ice created in the bowl adjacent to the Glacier had to be released somewhere,” wrote Dr. Jon Kedrowski, a mountaineer from Colorado who