‘Huge disaster’: Hikers around Everest run for lives, treat injured

Updated 1:46 AM EDT, Sun April 26, 2015
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In this Sunday, April 26, 2015, photo taken by Amul Thapa and provided by KathmanduToday.com, four-month-old baby boy Sonit Awal is held up by Nepalese Army soldiers after being rescued from the rubble of his house in Bhaktapur, Nepal, after Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the densely populated Kathmandu valley.  Thapa says that when he saw the baby alive after 20 hours of rescue efforts "... all my sorrow went. Everyone was clapping. It gave me energy and made me smile in spite of lots of pain hidden inside me." (Amul Thapa/KathmanduToday.com via AP)
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Story highlights

NEW: Family of American medic killed posts message on Facebook says she died while at base camp

At least 13 die after avalanches at Mount Everest base camp, authorities say; Climber says 17 dead

Dining tent at one base camp has been transformed into a hospital, another hiker says

(CNN) —  

Jon Reiter is no stranger to Mount Everest – its world-record height, its prestige, its challenges.

And its dangers.

He learned that again shortly before noon Saturday, after a monster magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. It not only rattled cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, but caused avalanches at Everest and nearby peaks.