The massive 7.9 earthquake that struck Nepal has triggered at least two deadly avalanches at Mount Everest, killing 17, injuring 61, and leaving an unknown number of climbers and guides unaccounted for. Death tolls are expected to rise.
Routes leading to the top of the world’s highest mountain, have been cut off, leaving Everest climbers in the surrounding area stuck. While rescue efforts are underway, officials report that attempts are hampered by bad weather and mounds of snow peaks caused by the massive avalanches.
Azim Afif, the 27-year-old leader of a climbing team from University of Technology Malaysia, describes the first avalanche that hit the base camp at the foot of the mountain..
The avalanche began Saturday on Mount Kumori, a 7,000-meter (22,966-foot) -high mountain just a few miles (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.
Afif said that his group was in a meal tent waiting for lunch when suddenly the table and everything around them began shaking and loud rumbling could be heard. The team then ran outside.
“We saw a wall of ice coming towards us, and heard the cries of Sherpa guides shouting for people to run for their lives. We just think to find a place to hide and save our life,” he said.
Meanwhile,one brave climber managed to grab his video camera and captured the avalanche as it raced down the mountain. What happened next was terrifying. The avalanche — hidden in massive white clouds —could be heard rumbling as the snow toppled and picked up speed, climbers unable to outrun the impact, were then hit by a sea of ice and snow. The Incredible footage reveals the snow crashing into the camera, and then burying them. Thank God both men survived.
The chilling video posted on YouTube by German climber Jost Kobusch, shows people at the Everest Base Camp stumbling in confusion when aftershocks hit the camp on Saturday (The video was not posted due to its graphic language but the GIF clip above was captured from the video).
Kobusch can be heard saying “the ground is shaking,” and another man is heard saying: “What if the ground opens up?” Seconds later, the men are heard sounding off numerous expletives, while massive snow is seen lunging at them, before plummeting on top of them. You can hear Kobusch and another man trying to catch their breath, as they dig their way out.
After impact, the Himalayan Mountains were barely visible due to the clouds of snow, which can only be described as a scene of white smoke.
The massive snow plowed through the base camp, a sprawling village of climbers, guides and porters, flattening at least 30 tents. All of the dead and injured were at base camp, Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AP.
Survivors reached over Internet messaging services described a scene of terror as the snow and ice roared through the nearby Khumbu Icefall and into the camp.
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken – Luke 21:26 (KJV).
Other climbers nearby begin scrambling, yelling and trying to warn others of the imminent avalanche. Climbers were caught off guard, and ran for cover, but the wall of snow was too quick and brutal.
Climbers described chaotic attempts to treat the injured amid fears of more landslides and aftershocks that continue to threaten the region. After impact, climbing teams quickly scattered across the camp, searching for survivors.
Rescue missions were launched, with the critically injured evacuated by helicopters. 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, Tshering said.
Gordon Janow, the director of programs for the Washington-based guiding outfit Alpine Ascents International, said from Seattle that his team had come through the avalanche unscathed. Their first goal was to deal with the devastation at base camp, he said, and they would then try to create new routes to help climbers stuck above the treacherous Khumbu Icefall. The icefall, which is just above base camp, is a key route up the lower part of Everest.
Members report that it was a close call and the new avalanche fell within inches of the base camp.
The avalanche smashed through the Base Camp, which is an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft).
Over 3,300 people have been killed following the earthquake on Saturday, while more than 6,200 have been injured. Many hundreds are still unaccounted for.
International organizations and countries have been sending aid to Nepal. On Sunday, Russian, American and Canadian aircraft flew out with rescue teams onboard. Sweden has pledged $1.5 million in aid, with Canada vowing to send $5 million.
The earthquakes and the massive avalanches are manifestations of God’s colossal power. Events like these should remind us, that no one knows when a fatal tragedy will strike. Within seconds, hundreds of lives were lost. Praying for Nepal, the families, and those
Here is the latest video of the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal.
Source: RT – Parts of the story contributed by AP, and Lisa Muhar
Join us at: He Is Coming -Are You Ready?
“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ” Luke 21:11. 25 (KJV).
How many disasters, crimes, events, does it take to get our attention? Jesus warned us ahead of time in Matthew, Luke, Amos, Micah, Isaiah, Revelation, numerous prophecies about impending destruction and events! I pray that any person in Christ who reads this, is not troubled, but in peace. Peace because Jesus keeps his promises, as told to us in His Word, because He is alive and watching now.
- Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14:27 (KJV).
Injustice and wickedness will be defeated and banished forever into the pits of hell. The saved, Christ’s elect, will be vindicated. Jesus is coming – are you ready?
- Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped – Isaiah 35: 4-5 (KJV).
If there be any person unsaved who reads this, please see these phenomenal events as God’s way of speaking to us, warning us. He has always used natural events to get our attention. He is doing this because he is merciful, and wants to help us, so we can see our dependence on him. Only Jesus can help us – only Jesus can sustain and deliver us.
What will it take to get the attention of people and nations rebelling against God? A bigger dust storm? More deaths? More floods? More volcano eruptions? More earthquakes? More devastation and destruction? I pray that this be the day of your salvation.
- And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed – Romans 13:11 (KJV).
Are you ready to acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross for your sins today? That HE and only He, is the deliverer and redeemer? The King of Kings? Please click here if you are not saved and ask Jesus into your heart today.