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Another Massive Avalanche Hits Mount Manasalu, Base Camp Tents Destroyed

Kathmandu: A huge avalanche has hit the Manaslu Base Camp nearly a week after the last one, which had left two persons dead. No casualties have been reported so far, some tents are destroyed according to the sources at Base Camp.Also Read – Viral Video: Huge Avalanche Occurs Near Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. Watch

The incident was confirmed by Tashi Sherpa who was trying to climb the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres. In a video shared by Tashi, avalanches can be seen descending toward the base camp. Also Read – 2 Climbers Dead, 12 Injured in an Avalanche in Nepal's Mount Manaslu

He further divulged that few tents were destroyed in the avalanche with no human casualties, adding, “more than 3 dozen tents have been damaged today.” Also Read – Breaking: ISI Agent Laal Mohammad— Biggest Supplier of Fake notes in India Shot Dead in Nepal


Avalanche on Manaslu Base Camp this morning. Video ©: Tashi Lakpa Sherpa. pic.twitter.com/9d47irPWzI

— Everest Today (@EverestToday) October 2, 2022

Manaslu wind up
We had huge avalanche at base camp. Never saw such avalanche before. Everyone is safe and all our team is descending back to base camp. We will try to close our camp today and leave base camp safely.#manaslu#imagine_Nepal pic.twitter.com/7FRUcu29pZ

— Mingma G (@14peaks) October 2, 2022

Some of the expedition companies are calling off their attempt for the season. The avalanche that hit last week killed a Nepalese man, a famed U.S. extreme skier and injured several other climbers. The 8,163-metre-high mountain was hit by an avalanche sweeping through camp 3 and camp 4. According to the Tourism Department of Nepal, over a dozen people were injured, including an Indian after an avalanche ripped through just below camp 4 on September 26.

Hundreds of climbers and their local guides were attempting to reach the summit during Nepal’s autumn climbing season. Nelson, from Telluride, Colorado, and Morrison, from Tahoe, California, are extreme skiers who reached the summit of Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain, in 2018.

Nepal’s government has issued permits to 504 climbers during the autumn season. Most are climbing Mount Manaslu. The weather has not been great throughout the season. An avalanche occurred in the mountain a few days ago also.

An avalanche (also known as a snow slide) is a fast-moving snow flow down a slope, such as a hill or a mountain. Avalanches may occur spontaneously, as a result of variables such as excessive precipitation or a decreasing snowpack, or as a result of external sources such as people, animals, and earthquakes.

Large avalanches mostly made up of moving snow and air, have the power to catch and transport ice, rocks, and trees. It is caused by a number of factors, such as heavy snowfall, increased human activities, wind direction, steep slopes, warm temperatures, layers of snow, and earthquakes.

Notably, the Indian Army and the Defence Geoinformatics and Research Establishment (DGRE) have jointly installed the Avalanche Monitoring Radar, the first of its kind in India, in north Sikkim in September this year.

Besides being used for the detection of avalanches, this radar can also be employed to detect landslides.
The avalanche radar was made operational by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s wing DGRE, which is involved in forecasting and mitigating of avalanche hazards faced by the Indian Army in the Himalayan region.

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