A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal sparked a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest
A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal sparked a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least13 people on the mountain. At least 30 were injured, climbers in the camp sent frantic messages calling for helicopter assistance to evacuate the most badly wounded.Although official figures listed eight deaths, that figure seemed likely to rise. Among the dead was Google engineer Dan Fredinburg. It was not immediately clear how many of the deaths were located at the base camp, where at least 30 tents were flattened when the avalanche plowed into part of the camp. The exact number of injured or missing was also unknown. Base camp is where journalists, climbers and their families gather and get news to the world about developments at Everest, the worlds highest mountain above sea level.