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Nepal Toll Hits 2,200

As first avalanche survivors are flown off Everest

(Newser) - A powerful aftershock shook Nepal today, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left more than 2,200 people dead. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the magnitude 6.7 aftershock pummeled the capital city this... More »

Experts Met to Plan for Nepal Quake—Last Week

50 scientists from around the world came together to talk about Kathmandu's risk

(Newser) - Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a... More »

Over 1K Dead in Nepal Earthquake; Toll Still Rising

It's the worst one there in nearly a century

(Newser) - A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal before noon today, killing a confirmed 1,394 people across a swath of countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples, and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. It was the worst temblor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over... More »

Google Exec Among the Dead on Everest

Dan Fredinburg suffered a head injury, his sister confirms

(Newser) - One of the Everest victims has been revealed as Google exec Dan Fredinburg. His sister today confirmed in posts to his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he died after suffering a head injury in the avalanche triggered by the Nepal quake. Fredinburg's LinkedIn profile lists three roles held at... More »

A Shaken Everest Sees Its 2nd Deadliest Day

At least 10 killed after Nepal quake triggers avalanche

(Newser) - Amid the sea of casualties in today's quake in Nepal are at least 10 that are garnering headlines of their own because of where tragedy befell them: on Everest. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Nepal in more than eight decades, triggered a deadly avalanche in the... More »

Rescue Dogs Hunt for Hiker in Nepal Lost 12 Days

Searchers say Dennis Lee Thian Poh could still be alive

(Newser) - Hope is fading by the hour at this point, but rescue teams in Nepal say a hiker who has been missing 12 days could well be alive—assuming he merely got lost and not seriously injured in a fall. Rescuers with four trained dogs are combing the area of the... More »

Nepal: Human Waste Is Wrecking Everest

Climbers are just using holes in the snow

(Newser) - The majesty of Mount Everest is being ruined by hundreds of climbers and guides who turn it into the world's highest toilet every climbing season, officials in Nepal warn. The chief of the country's mountaineering association says that at camps between base camp and the summit, climbers "... More »

After Disaster, a New Route Up Mount Everest

Avoiding danger spot means longer climb, experts say

(Newser) - Last year saw the history's deadliest Mount Everest accident , and Nepal is taking steps to make sure it never happens again. At the center of the trouble is the Khumbu Icefall, a frequently moving glacier that climber Jon Krakauer compared to "a round of Russian roulette" for climbers,... More »

World's Biggest Animal Slaughter Has Begun

In 2009, an estimated 300K animals were killed over 2 days

(Newser) - The world's biggest animal slaughter is once again under way. The Guardian and Al Jazeera report on the weeks-long festival, which takes place every five years in the Nepalese village of Bariyapur. The killing takes place over just two days, in this case, Friday and Saturday: Hindus armed with... More »

Man Sacrificed Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard

Hikers say porter Pasang Tamang gave them 'second lease [on] life'

(Newser) - An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed at least 29 lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were rescued on the Annapurna Circuit tell the Himalayan Times that porter Pasang Tamang saved their lives, and the lives of many others, by directing... More »

27 Now Dead After Blizzard in Nepal; Dozens Missing

Small tea shop provided refuge for survivors

(Newser) - Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies today in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas in central Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead. About 70 people were still missing along or near the popular Annapurna trail,... More »

20 Climbers Dead, Dozens Missing in Himalayas Storm

Blizzard, avalanches trap scores of hikers on mountains

(Newser) - Another catastrophe in the Himalayas, where a sudden blizzard and a series of avalanches have killed more than 20 climbers and left dozens more missing, reports the BBC . About half the victims so far are foreigners, though no Americans are among them. The death toll in Nepal has already surpassed... More »

British Woman Dies During Everest Trek

She had breathing difficulties on way back from base camp

(Newser) - After the worst-ever Mount Everest disaster killed 16 Sherpa guides earlier this year, climbing season was cut short—but even getting to base camp can be deadly. A 49-year-old British woman who was trekking in the region died in her hotel room after returning from the camp, which is 17,... More »

Report: 130 Chinese Firms Export Torture Gear

Amnesty International identifies 'intrinsically cruel' equipment

(Newser) - Chinese firms are widely and in many cases "openly" distributing devices that can readily be used for torture, Amnesty International says in a new report. The number of companies involved has surged from 28 to more than 130 in the past decade, the activist organization notes, and most of... More »

159 Feared Dead in Nepal Landslide

Many still buried under rubble after village destroyed

(Newser) - Rescuers recovered nine more bodies today from a massive weekend landslide in northern Nepal, raising the official death toll in the disaster to 19, but say there is no chance of finding alive any of the more than 150 people believed still buried under the rubble. The landslide crushed dozens... More »

Thousands on Risky Hunt for Nepal's 'Viagra'

Harvesting of Yarsagumba could also damage ecosystem

(Newser) - It's June in Nepal, so tens of thousands of people are scouring the nation's remote highlands for so-called "Himalayan Viagra"—a fungus said to boost libidos and ease health woes. But harvesting is a risky job that doesn't pay much compared to the fungus' value... More »

Climber Falls 70 Feet Into Crevasse, Survives

John All was on Nepal's Mount Himlung

(Newser) - An American climber had written himself off for dead after he fell some 70 feet into a mountain crevasse in Nepal on Monday—and yet he managed to survive. John All tells the AP it took him six hours to crawl out of the hole using an ice axe and... More »

Sherpas' Concerns Prompt Climbers to Abandon Everest

Base camp 'increasingly tense'

(Newser) - The future of the climbing season on Mount Everest remains in doubt, and many mountaineers have decided to call it quits. After a deadly avalanche and conflict over relief funds, many sherpas have said they'll halt climbing for the season. That left hundreds of other climbers at base camp,... More »

Nepal Plans Sherpa Fund After Deadly Avalanche

After initially offering $413 to each family

(Newser) - After an Everest avalanche killed a reported 16 Sherpas, Nepal officials are coming around to the idea of coughing up some cash. Following two days of meetings with Sherpa representatives, the government says it will establish a relief fund for Sherpas wounded or killed in mountaineering accidents, the New York ... More »

Meet World's New 'Poorest' Leader

Nepal's Sushil Koirala is a pretty frugal guy

(Newser) - Nepal elected a new prime minister last month, and the Washington Post takes a look at the man it dubs the world's new poorest leader. Sushil Koirala claims to have three possessions, all of them are inexplicably cell phones and one of which doesn't function. And though he'... More »

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