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Avalanche on Mount Everest Kills at Least 12

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An avalanche on Mount Everest has killed at least twelve people, and four more are missing. It's the deadliest disaster to hit the world's tallest mountain.
Officials in Nepal say a wall of snow swept down the slopes of Mount Everest, trapping guides who were preparing a trail for climbers.

One man survived and is recovering in a hospital in Katmandu. His sister in law says "the avalanche fell on the group and buried many of them."

The avalanche killed at least twelve Nepalese guides who were fixing ropes and routes for the spring climbing season.  It apparently struck without warning, crashing over the western shoulder of Everest in the worst disaster to hit the world's highest peak.
Hundreds of people who were preparing to climb the mountain rushed to help. Alan Arnette has scaled Everest four times.
"This is a tragic event no matter how you look at it. And I'm sure its shaken every single person at Everest and they're re-evaluating now the season."
The mountain guides were working less than 10,000 feet from the top of the summit. Thousands of climbers visit the mountain each year to try to reach its 29,000 foot peak.
Earlier this year, officials in Nepal took steps to better handle the heavy flow of climbers and speed up rescue operations. More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the summit since 1953 and hundreds have died trying to reach the top.


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