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Mount Everest avalanche kills climbers and guides

An avalanche triggered by Nepal’s massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing over 2000 climbers and guides.

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The earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and occurred 34 km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal

Twenty-two of the most seriously injured were taken by helicopter to Pheriche village, the nearest medical facility. However, bad weather and communications were hampering more helicopter sorties, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

The avalanche began Saturday on Mount Kumori, a 7 000 m high mountain just a few kilometers from Everest, gathering strength as it headed toward the base camp where climbing expeditions have been preparing to make their summit attempts in the coming weeks, he said.

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