Look at this new picture of a massive avalanche touched off by that magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal Saturday and hit a base camp filled with climbers. So much destruction. This morning a major... See More
Look at this new picture of a massive avalanche touched off by that magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal Saturday and hit a base camp filled with climbers. So much destruction. This morning a major new aftershock. Magnitude 6.7 setting off new avalanches. These fresh pictures of efforts to treat and rescue the wounded. Just heartbreaking atop the world's highest mountain and learning two Americans are among the dead. Meanwhile, in the city of Kathmandu the legendary capital of Nepal today's big aftershock creating a new round of panic in this ancient city parts of which are leveled and where more than 2,000 people have died. More from hamish Macdonald. Reporter: Dan, good morning. There is breaking news this morning. That is those fresh avalanches on Mt. Everest triggered by that massive aftershock. There are now grave fears for large groups of climbers who are stuck on the face of Mt. Everest. We now know that two Americans are among the dead. And the death toll stands at well over 2,000 from this devastating earthquake. This morning, buildings buckling in Nepal. A 6.7 aftershock sending an already shaken community running. Now a race to find those buried in the rubble. The earthquake that hit the Kathmandu region Saturday claiming more than 2100 lives in four countries. That number expected to rise. Victims flooding hospitals, survivors spending the night outside fearful of the same power that brought this pole down on to a car and turned this gleaming monument into a pile of bricks. The original magnitude 7.8 earthquake felt by nearly 6 million people. In Nepal, India, China and Bangladesh. Even unleashing massive avalanches 100 miles away on Mt. Everest. We have quite a big few avalanches coming down. Reporter: Dramatic new images showing helicopters now rescuing injured climbers but others still trapped like Colorado native Jim Davidson who is tweeting out safety up dates and American Ryan waters who called his friend Eric Larson via satellite phone. Ryan did mention that there was some triage going on. The first step is assessing who needs helped right away. Louann speaking over the phone. Our team is exhausted and nervous and feeling very unsettled about whether they can get their patients out. Many of them are critically injured and need surgery. Reporter: The avalanche killing 17 climbers total including at least two Americans. Among them Google exec Daniel fredden berg documenting this climb along with previous voyages on his social media. His former girlfriend tweeting I am devastated and simultaneously grateful to have known him. Google search iing with their tool an effort to reunite loved ones in over 80 years. We are now learning more about that American Dan freddenborg on Mt. Everest. He was there to build something called Google adventure which would have been a virtual tour of the world's tallest peak. It would have given all of us the opportunity to see this mountain on which there are now so many lives at stake. Hamish, thank you. For perspective we bring in Brian Dickinson. I know you're joining us from Seattle. Thanks for joining us. We're hearing base camps have been destroyed and a lot of the climbers' supply and gear are just gone. Are they basically trapped on Everest and how tough will it be for the rescuers to reach them. At base camp it's 38 miles on foot. You can get helicopters in but the weather has been really bad and really have to prioritize the wounded over the dead at this point. Mental toughness is an understatement there and so many climbers are unaccounted for this morning. Is this really becoming a race against time? It is because base camp alone is at 17,500 feet so you're at altitude and as you get higher you can't really survive for long. You have to acclimate and, you know, typically base camp is a safe area. I mean, this -- this earthquake that triggered the avalanche there, you know, it was like a bomb dropping off in base camp. That just rarely happens. You'll see avalanches, you know, all around base camp but not to this magnitude. You said you've heard about the running and screaming and don't know where to go. You do have friends scattereds all over Everest. Communication limited. You've heard from them but not all of them? Right. So I've heard people checking in from, you know, have friends that are trapped above the ice fall right now. I have people that I know that are in base camp that really just working the medical needs right now. People on the north side which are, you know, stuck not knowing what to do because the sherpa community that helps out the climbers up there which reporters and climbing guides, their families, you know, there's just a huge unknown of what happened because their villages and houses are destroyed and there's just really not communication. So my friend pasang who I I climbed Everest back in 2011. Out of all the people I have been trying to reach I haven't been able to reach so far. A lot of mental toughness in what has proved to be a worst case scenario. Brian, we do thank you for joining us this morning.
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