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Avalanche of dust: Survivor captures moment Nepal’s 7.8 quake hits Tibet (VIDEO) Tags: Asia Earthquake Natural disasters

Avalanche of dust: Survivor captures moment Nepal’s 7.8 quake hits Tibet (VIDEO)

RT April 28 2015 ShortURL

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Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment Nepal's deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake jolted neighboring Tibet. Huge clouds of dust are shown in the video as residents scream and run for safety.

The power and intensity of the quake is apparent in the shaky footage – which was filmed on a resident's cellphone – though the site of the video was located 400 kilometers (249 miles) from the epicenter, according to CCTV.

READ MORE: Dramatic drone footage shows the aftermath of deadly Nepal earthquake

Some residents seem initially confused at the noise and clouds of smoke, while others run for safety. A man – presumably a father walking hand-in-hand with his daughter – grabs his wife and leads his family away from the area.

At least one other person can be seen filming the disaster.

A second blast of noise and smoke clouds later hits, prompting more alarm.

The deadly quake hit Nepal on Saturday. Most of the damage could be seen in the capital Kathmandu, as buildings collapsed and left people buried under the rubble.

READ MORE: Damage in Nepal estimated up to $10bn, may exceed entire GDP

At least 4,400 were killed in the disaster, though the country's prime minister says the death toll could reach 10,000, as information from remote villages has yet to come in.

Eight million people have been affected by the quake – more than a quarter of Nepal's population – according to the UN.

 

Shocking moment: Avalanche ripping through Everest camp captured by climbers (VIDEO) Tags: Asia Earthquake Extreme sports Natural disasters Thrills&Spills

Shocking moment: Avalanche ripping through Everest camp captured by climbers (VIDEO)

RT April 27 2015 ShortURL

A cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flies towards Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

It is hard enough to survive a massive earthquake in Nepal and for that to be followed by a horrific avalanche at Mount Everest. However, some climbers managed to capture the moment they were hit by a sea of ice and snow crashing into them on camera.

A terrifying video posted on YouTube by German climber Jost Kobusch shows people at the Everest Base Camp stumbling in confusion as powerful the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday.

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Kobusch can be heard saying “the ground is shaking,” while laughing nervously at the start of the clip. The visibility was so poor, he was hardly able to see the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains.

Climbers nearby begin scrambling, yelling and trying to warn others of the imminent avalanche. Caught off guard, people try to find some cover, but the wall of snow was quick and brutal.

Cursing profoundly, the German hides in front of a tent with no proper protection. Seconds later, the climbers are buried by a wave of snow. One can hear Kobusch and another man trying to catch their breath, as the climber goes into a state of shock.

 

In this photograph taken on April 25, 2015, rescuers use a makeshift stretcher to carry an injured person after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

In this photograph taken on April 25, 2015, rescuers use a makeshift stretcher to carry an injured person after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

 

The men in the video were lucky to survive, but the massive avalanche ended up killing some 20 people at the camp and injuring dozens of others. Rescue missions were launched, with the critically injured evacuated by helicopters. However, other rescue operations were hampered by bad weather, aftershocks and the fact that some 100 climbers were cut off from the Base Camp due to the collapsed Icefall route.

A new 6.7-magnitude aftershock hit Nepal at 07:09 GMT on Sunday, which unleashed another series of avalanches in the Himalayas.

An avalanche came close to hitting the base camp at Mount Everest as well, but luckily, fell just short.

 

An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

An injured person is loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

 

Kobusch was not the only climber who ended up filming the terrifying passage that unfolded. RT’s video agency Ruptly obtained the helmet camera footage of Belgian climber Jelle Veyt, who also was at the Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft), when the avalanche smashed through it. AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt managed to grab a photo of the enormous wall of snow headed towards the camp, before running for his life

Over 3,300 people have been killed following the earthquake on Saturday, while more than 6,200 have been injured. Many hundreds are still unaccounted for.

International organizations and countries have been sending aid to Nepal. On Sunday, Russian, American and Canadian aircraft flew out with rescue teams onboard. Sweden has pledged $1.5 million in aid, with Canada vowing to send $5 million.

 

 

 

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