Kathmandu: Several cracks and holes have developed in the Mount Everest region due to last year’s devastating earthquakes that killed about 9,000 people across Nepal, according to a specialist team responsible for maintaining the climbing route on the world’s highest peak.
“The great earthquakes of April 25 and May as well as a large number of aftershocks have caused some damage in the Everest region,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, chairman of Nepal Mountaineering Association, said.
“The ice-fall doctors fixing the ladders and ropes have informed that due to the cracks and holes developed on the slope of the mountain they need to fix more ladders this time,” he said.
Icefall doctors are Sherpa mountaineers charged with repairing the climbing route on Mount Everest.
“This time we need 10 doctors, which is more than the usual number of six to fix the ropes and install aluminium ladders,” Sherpa told Press Trust of India.
They also need more time to fix the ladders due to the problem, he added.
So far, more than 440 aftershocks with magnitude 4 or more have hit Nepal after the two earthquakes last year.
The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) has been authorised to fix ladders and ropes in the mountains.
The ice-fall doctors prepare the route from the base camp to usually camp I, paving the way for climbers to ascend the peak. However, it may also require to fix ropes in few places above the camp I.
Due to the delay in fixing ropes, the climbers, who have already reached the base camp are yet to start their climb towards the peak.
Santiago: Chile got juddered as a 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off its coast on Wednesday evening. The earthquake rocked buildings in the capital and unleashed a sense of pandemonium among the people who were found running on the streets. A tsunami alert was also issued, authorities said.
The epicenter was out at sea, 246 km from Santiago, Xinhua reported, citing the United States Geological Service.
Early reports indicate the earthquake occurred shortly at 7.55 p.m. local time at a depth of 10 km. A tsunami alert was immediately issued by the Chilean interior ministry and by the US’ Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Chile and Peru are on high alert, although the alert was spread across a wide area reaching as far as Hawaii.
The magnitude of the earthquake was first reported at 7.2 by the University of Chile’s Seismological Service and later revised up to 7.7. The USGS first reported the magnitude of the quake at 7.9 and revised it up to 8.3.
There have been no reports of damage or injuries in the minutes following the earthquake but Chile has dispatched its Minister of the Interior Jorge Burgos to the zone to investigate.
Weather channels urged people located along the coast to move inland in preparation for the tsunami. Initial estimates from them said that a possible tsunami would make landfall at around 9.37 p.m local time.
The earthquake was felt particularly strongly in the towns of Valparaiso and Coquimbo and lasted for approximately one minute, according to eyewitness statements in local press.
Santiago Airport was immediately evacuated. Videos posted on social media networks show the earthquake was felt as far as the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires, about 1,368 km to the east of Chile.