Citizens around the world hold vigils for the victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit outside of Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, April 25. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan.
In April, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali Sherpa guides who were fixing ropes and ferrying supplies for their foreign clients to climb the 29,035-foot peak. The accident – the deadliest in the history of Mount Everest – triggered a dispute between sherpa guides who wanted a climbing ban in honor of their colleagues and the Nepali government that refused to close the mountain. The sherpas staged a boycott, forcing hundreds of foreign climbers to call off their bids to climb Everest.
May 26 Photo Brief: Obama visits tornado victims in Oklahoma, oldest person to climb Mount Everest, fans re-enact “The Hobbit”
President Obama visits tornado victims in Oklahoma, Japanese mountain climber becomes oldest person to conquer Mount Everest, fans re-enact “The Hobbit” in the Czech Republic and more in today’s daily brief.