First things first. We are all okay. From what we understand, a major earthquake centered about 50 miles west of Kathmandu struck a little before noon, local time. We had just left lunch in Dughla and were working our way to Lobuche. The ground shook for about 45 seconds, and our West Coasters estimated it around 6.5 where we were. We were out in the open, although we heard rock slides off to the left.
As we came closer to Lobuche, we started hearing more information, albeit second hand. In Lobuche, we saw some building damages, including to the lodge were we are staying (Tashi Jangbu's place, for those of you who remember 2010). Communications are very spotty, understandably. When wifi and electricity are working, they are sporadic, so please understand if you don't hear from us regularly.
We have seen some injured coming down from Base Camp, presumably heading to the clinic in Pheriche. The low cloud ceiling and light snow is preventing helicopter traffic from evacuating any injured from Base Camp or the entire area. We have heard from David Breashears at Camp 2. He is okay as well as the cousin of our lead Sherpa, Ngawang. We also understand that the Peak Promotion staff in Kathmandu is okay, as well.
Things are very much in flux. We will know more about our status tomorrow. We have several options, but we could be delayed in getting out of Kathmandu. Again, communications will likely be spotty.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of our Sherpas, Peak Promotion, and the people of Nepal.