Apr 27, 2015 2:21 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two Northern California men attempting to summit Mount Everest survived an avalanche unleashed by a powerful earthquake in Nepal.
An avalanche triggered by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal plowed through the Everest's base camp on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1OYf1cf ) Monday that Scott Holder and Jon Reiter of Sonoma County were not caught in the deadly avalanche.
Reiter's wife, Susan, posted on his blog after speaking with her husband by satellite phone. He told her that "the ground shook for a very long time and that avalanches were happening one right after another," the newspaper reported. Reiter was making his third attempt at the summit.
The avalanche began on Mount Kumori, a 22,966-foot-high mountain just a few miles from Everest, gathering strength as it headed toward the base camp.