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How Mingma G. survived Everest’s Deadliest Avalanche

April 25, 2015. A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Almost 9,000 people died and more than 22,000 were injured as a result of the deadliest earthquake in the region for 81 years. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 19 climbers and stranded hundreds more at Everest Base Camp or higher up the mountain. Though the epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 250 km from Mount Everest, the subsequent avalanche wreaked havoc on the mountains. A wall of snow, rock and ice swept through Base Camp when the climbing season was in full swing. Expedition leader, Mingma G. Sherpa, was at Everest Base Camp leading a team of 23 climbers, 25 Sherpas and 10 supporting staff when the avalanche hit. This is his story of survival.

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