WATCH: Video catches moment of Nepal earthquake and avalanche at Mount Everest

Those in the video appeared to be alright, but at least 17 people were killed in the avalanche that followed the earthquake at the Everest Base Camp.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 27, 2015 10:29
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Avalanche in Everest Basecamp

Hit by Avalanche in Everest Basecamp.. (photo credit: screenshot)

 
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Video has emerged of the moment that a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday morning leaving devastation in its wake and killing over 3,200 people.

The video posted to YouTube by a German tourist who was filming at the Mount Everest Base Camp shows a number of people yelling in reaction to the shaking when the quake starts and then running and attempting to take cover as a cloud of snow kicked up from the shaking engulfs them.

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Those in the video appeared to be alright, but at least 17 people were killed in the avalanche that followed the earthquake at the Everest Base Camp.


Jost Kobusch, who took the video, wrote in a post on YouTube, "The ground was shaking from the earthquake and as soon as we saw people running, we were running ourselves to save our lives."

On Monday, mountain rescue teams, helped by clear weather, used helicopters to airlift climbers stranded for two days at high altitude on Mount Everest.

Romanian climber Alex Gavan said on Twitter that three helicopters had reached camps 1 and 2, which are at altitudes of more than 6,000 meters (20,000 feet). Each helicopter is only capable of carrying two climbers due to the thin air, Gavan said from base camp.

Carsten Lillelund Pedersen, a climber from Denmark, posted a video on Facebook showing a helicopter landing to evacuate two climbers and then taking off again 30 seconds later. The weather conditions were clear.

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Survivors on Everest described a cloud of rock and ice that smashed into base camp on Saturday. More than 60 people were injured, leading climbers to send frantic messages calling for helicopter assistance to evacuate the wounded.

An estimated 100 climbers and guides were safe but trapped at camps 1 and 2 by the earthquake which rendered the treacherous Khumbu icefalls leading up to them from base camp impassable.

Japan's foreign ministry on Monday said a Japanese man was among those killed on the Everest, the fourth foreign national claimed by the avalanche.

Three Americans were killed, the US State Department said on Sunday, including a Google engineer, a medic and a filmmaker.

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