Video Captures The Avalanche That Hit Everest Base Camp After Nepal Earthquake

An Everest climber films the avalanche as it demolishes the camp.

A mountaineer recorded the terrifying moment a group of climbers ran for their lives after a deadly avalanche triggered by the earthquake in Nepal hit Mount Everest.

Jost Kobusch, who worked in the Special Forces in the German Mountain Army, uploaded the video on YouTube, stating “the ground was shaking from the earthquake and as soon as we saw people running we were running ourselves to save our lives.”

Another climber from Belgium Jelle Veyt posted footage of the same avalanche from a different angle:

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Around 17 people died in the massive avalanche.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the death of three American climbers: Marisa Eve Girawong, a medic who worked for Madison Mountaineering, a Seattle-based guide service; Tom Taplin, a filmmaker and photographer from Evergreen, Colorado; and Dan Fredinburg, who was a veteran Google executive.

In what is being described the worst seismic activity in Nepal since 1934, a total of 3,218 people were confirmed killed in Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake. More than 6,500 have been injured.

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