A video taken by German mountaineer Jost Kobusch shows the terrifying face of an avalanche as it hit the Mt Everest base camp on Saturday. The avalanche was triggered following a massive 7.9 earthquake epicentred 80 kilometres away from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu.
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In the initial few seconds of the video, we see Kobusch and others suddenly becoming aware that the ground is shaking, portending that something big might be on the way. Within a few seconds, we see a huge cloud of snow hitting the camera, as the climbers scramble for cover under their tents. Kobusch and others are seen screaming, breathing heavily and trying to sustain themselves as the avalanche partly crushes their tents. The climbers later come out of their tents to realize that their ‘kitchen tent’ has been buried deep in the snow.
Though Kobusch survived to tell the tale, the avalanche took a deadly human toll: 19 people were killed and several others injured.
The video, uploaded to YouTube, has been viewed more than 22 lakh times in the last 24 hours alone and is going viral on the internet.
Before watching the video, a word of caution though: it has strong and abusive language.