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Quake triggers Everest avalanche, 18 killed

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Indian Mountaineer Arjun Vajpal has posted a message on his Facebook page from Mt Everest that he and his crew are safe after the Nepal earthquake caused an avalanche on the mountain.

Even for the hardiest, bravest of climbers, it was a moment of sheer terror, reports Stuffco.nz.

At 11.45am on Saturday, just as mountaineers and their porters were settling down for lunch beneath the shadow of Mt Everest, the ground shook beneath their feet.

An earthquake, bigger than any in the previous 80 years, had struck Nepal, its epicentre 160km away. What happened next would be truly devastating for the climbers gathered at base camp on Everest’s south side.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche which swept down into base camp, showering those resting there before the climb in rock, ice and snow.

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