The massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday is one of the most devastating natural disasters of all time. The 7.8 quake has already claimed 3,600 lives and many more reports are expected to come in. In addition to the tragedy, climbing season on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, is underway. And as this footage shows, the effects of the earthquake were felt there as well.
A massive avalanche raced down the mountainside into the base camp where German climber Jost Kobusch and his fellow climbers were staying. More than 200 hikers have now been rescued from the mountain, but it is speculated that over 20 others have lost their lives from the debris of rock and snow that rained down from the upper levels of the peak, including top level Google executive Dan Fredinburg. As more footage of the tragedy emerges over time, we will doubtlessly get an even more horrific account of what nature is capable of. Our collective hearts go out to the families and victims of this astounding tragedy.
The NY Times has provided a fantastic list of locations where you can donate to help the victims of this disaster. You can find that list here.