Nepal Earthquake: Footage of Everest Avalanche Hits YouTube

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The video shows the initial stages of Saturday's tremor as a wall of snow and ice smashes into base camp.

As the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake in Nepal passes 4,000 amid fears it could reach as high as 10,000, footage taken from the Mount Everest base camp capturing the first moments of the disaster has been uploaded to YouTube.

The video, taken by 23-year-old German climber Jost Kobush, shows the initial confusion as the ground begins to shake, followed by a wall of snow and ice that smashes into the camp as climbers and sherpas flee for shelter.

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake has already been labeled Everest's worst disaster, with at least 17 people known to have died and more than 60 injured. Among the three Americans killed were documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin and Google executive Dan Fredinburg.

See the video below.