Google exec dies in Mt Everest avalanche after Nepal quake


Everest Google executive Dan Fredinburg is among those who lost their lives due to the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.8. Fredinburg’s sister Megan confirmed his passing in a post to his Instagram account in which she described his death as being caused by a major head injury following an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by the quake. According to The Associated Press, 17 people were killed and 61 injured in the avalanche. Fredinburg was head of privacy for Google X, the company’s division devoted to cutting-edge technologies and experimentation. An ardent traveler (his YouTube page is mostly devoted to videos of his travel adventures around the world), Fredinburg also headed up Google Adventure, which is described as being focused on translating “the Google Street View concept into extreme, exotic locations like the summit of Mount Everest or the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.” Just one day before his death, Fredinburg tweeted an update regarding his trip to Mount Everest. In response to his passing, a number of technology executives took to Twitter to send their condolences. Hundreds of people are dead, ancient temples are in ruin and Nepal is a zone of devastation after the country was hit on Saturday with its worst earthquake in 80 years. Just before midday, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck the poor South Asian nation, killing at least 1,800 people in Nepal and dozens more in neighboring countries, authorities told The Associated Press. The death toll is expected to rise. At least 17 people were also killed at Mount Everest, with 61 injured. More than two dozen were killed in India, Tibet and Bangladesh. The quake’s epicenter was 80 km (50 miles) east of Nepal’s second largest city, Pokhara, and 77 km (48 miles) northwest of the capital city, Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The capital was the hardest hit along with the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. Following the quake, a magnitude 6.6 aftershock hit and multiple smaller quakes trembled across the region. quake.

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