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Nepal Earthquake Causes Avalanche On Mount Everest, Hikers Buried (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on April 25 has reportedly killed more than 4,000 people and the numbers continue to rise. Thousands of injured people are hospitals in Kathmandu and Pokhara, noted ABC.net.au.

The deadly earthquake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 18 people and injured 61, reports the Associated Press. A YouTube video (below) shot by German climber Jost Kobusch captured the moments the quake and avalanche hit Mount Everest, reports USA Today.

At the beginning of the video, Kobusch seems rightly concerned, even though other hikers are laughing. Moments later, Kobusch and others run for their tents as the avalanche begins.

According to Newsweek the earthquake wasn't a complete surprise as "international experts were in Kathmandu just over a week ago, predicting an imminent disaster. And it happened in a city with a population of over 1 million that is crammed with vulnerable old structures, many new buildings that have been inadequately designed and badly constructed, and masses of shantytown slums."

While aid comes into the impoverished country from around the world, tens of thousands of residents are sleeping in parks, near rubble and cracked buildings, and on a golf course in Kathmandu.

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

Sources: ABC.net.au, Newsweek, Associated Press, USA Today
Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot