Nepal Earthquake Claims Two Italian Cave Rescuers
Two members of Italy’s National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) were among the victims of the massive earthquake that rocked Nepal last Saturday.
CNSAS is mourning the loss of two of their comrades, who they’ve learned perished along with more than 4,000 believed dead as a result of the 7.8 magnitude quake.
The CNSAS members, Gigliola Mancinelli and Oskar Piazza, were part of a group of four exploring canyons in Langtang, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the epicenter of the quake and 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest from Nepal’s capital Katmandu.
They were killed when the tremors triggered a large avalanche, which also injured another member of the expedition, fellow CNSAS member Nanni Pizzorni. The remaining climber Giuseppe Antonini was unharmed.
After numerous attempts to get in touch with the group, the sad news was finally received via satellite phone more than 24 hours after the earthquake.
As a result of the jolt the city of Kathmandu shifted three meters (10 feet) and rose by half a meter (1.5 feet).