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Head of Google X Research Labs Killed in Nepal Quake, Hundreds More Tourists Missing

21st Century Wire says…

The Nepal quake has claimed over 1,500 lives and death toll is climbing, including some high-profile victims too…

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The head of privacy at the secretive Google X facility was one of the 18 people killed in an avalanche at Mount Everest, triggered by the Nepal earthquake. Hundreds of foreign nationals are also feared dead or are missing.

Dan Fredinburg, 33, was part of the Jagged Globe expedition team that was tackling Mount Everest when the 7.9-magnidue quake shook Nepal, according to Jagged Globe and his family. He died of fatal head injury.

Fredinburg headed the Google X research lab, which is in charge of developing projects like self-driving cars, drone deliveries, Google Glass, and contact lenses. Fredinburg’s sister posted the news of her brother’s death on social media.

The manager’s former girlfriend actress Sophia Bush also published an emotional post on Instagram.

An army spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that a mountaineering team from the Indian military had discovered 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Nepal Tourism Ministry, Gyanendra Shrestha said that two tents at the camp have been filled with wounded climbers. The Tourism ministry added that about 1,000 climbers, including around 400 foreigners, were present at base camp or were climbing Everest when the earthquake struck.

The first helicopter rescue mission has airlifted injured climbers from the base camp at Mount Everest.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association has confirmed that 100 climbers who were above base camp numbers one and two when the earthquake struck are safe, Reuters reports. However, the association added that it has been difficult to evacuate the climbers because the Icefall route back to the base camps has been damaged…

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