Nepal Aftershock: Mt Everest Avalanche Claims Dan Fredinburg’s Life

Nepal Aftershock: Mt Everest Avalanche Claims Dan Fredinburg’s Life
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Google executive Dan Fredinburg is one among the lives claimed by the Mt Everest avalanche after the deadly Nepal 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Family members and colleagues have already confirmed his death.


Mt Everest Avalanche

Fredinburg’s younger sister confirmed his death via his Instagram account. She said the Google executive suffered a major head injury and was not able to recover.

“We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you,” she wrote.

Google’s director of privacy Lawrence You has also confirmed Fredinburg’s death.

“Early this morning, Nepal experienced the worst earthquake in its history, registering 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Current reports are that over 1,000 people were killed. It’s a terrible tragedy. Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy,” You wrote in an internal email distributed to other Google employees, which he also posted on Google Plus.

You said Fredinburg is a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Google’s office based in Mountain View. Fredinburg was with three other Googlers hiking Mount Everest, You wrote.

“He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.”

Courtney Boyd Myers, a friend of Fredinburg, wrote on Instagram that he was in the Everest in support of two Nepali orphanages.

Our dear friend & adventurer @danfredinburg was climbing Everest in support of two Nepali orphanages when the earthquake struck yesterday morning and an avalanche pummeled basecamp. Our warrior is no longer with us in this life. The two orphanages are almost destroyed. Most importantly, the children are okay under the circumstances and they are staying together under a tent. Food prices are going through the roof, and people in their local neighborhood need help with food and some medicine. We’ve sent the initial money raised from the OrphanGift donations to help with urgent things, and we will try and help as much as possible with rebuilding their orphanages. We’re continuing to raise funds to honor his mission. All donations will support Orphan Gift. Donate here ➡️ #AdventureswithDAN #celebratingDAN #nepalearthquake

A photo posted by Courtney Boyd Myers (@cbm) on Apr 26, 2015 at 11:17am PDT

Nepal aftershocks one after another

Nepal earthquake aftershocks are continuing to happen as rescue operations are being mapped out to save other climbers still trapped farther up the 29,035 -feet mountain in Camps 1 and 2. There are at least 100 climbers still trapped above the icefall area, CNN reported. The continuous aftershocks are making rescue operations all the more daunting.

“They’ll have to put a new route in from base camp up through that icefall,” Jim Whittaker, the first American to reach the summit of the mountain, told CNN. The climbers will have to wait for a couple of days and “wait until the route is re-established,” Whittaker explained.

Nepal Earthquake Death Toll

Meanwhile, Nepalese authorities had raised the Nepal earthquake death toll to more than 3,400, The New York Times reported.

Elsewhere, survivors were left with no place to go, no food to eat and trauma due to the experience.

“We don’t have anyplace to go. We don’t have any clothes, we don’t have enough food, we don’t have medicine, we don’t know when we can go back into our homes,” Mohammed Kabil, one of the survivors, told The New York Times.

“Everyone is scared. Everyone is saying it will come again. No one is going to sleep at home,” Samir Thapa said.

Also read: Photos – Nepal Earthquake

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