This Terrifying Video Shows a Huge Avalanche Hitting Everest Base Camp

By Tom Pritchard on at

We've all seen pictures of the devastation caused by the Nepalese earthquake, but with the event hitting 7.8 on the Richter scale it certainly wasn't restricted to populated areas. Mount Everest was also hit quite badly, and this video from base camp shows just how terrifying that must have been.

Shot by German climber Jost Kobusch, the POV film emphasises how little warning climbers had before the avalanche hit. Just 11 seconds after they noticed that the ground was shaking, the camp was hit by a wall of snow.

Climbers all fled inside tents to escape the avalanche, later emerging to find the entire camp covered in snow. Officials estimate that around 1,000 people were in base camp at the time of the avalanche, which claimed the lives of 18 people and injured 61 more. [Mashable]