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Georgiana physician safe in wake of massive Nepal earthquake

A local physician attempting to summit Mount Everest has escaped harm following a massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday that registered 7.8 on the Richter scale.

Roland Yearwood, a physician at Georgiana Medical Center, was part of a guided group climbing to the peak with SummitClimb.

Yearwood’s wife, Amrita, received word Sunday night that her husband was OK.

“Last night I got a text from him that he was on the north side of the mountain and that he was safe,” she told AL.com on Monday.

A Facebook post made Saturday by SummitClimb team leader Daniel Mazur said everyone in Yearwood’s group was safe.

“We felt the earthquake on the north side but have no damage and all are safe,” Mazur wrote.

On Sunday, Mazur wrote that the group felt the aftershocks of the earthquake.

On Monday, Mazur wrote that helicopters were transporting stranded climbers to base camp. Clouds moving into the area prevented the pilots from making any more flights on Monday.

“Hope for tomorrow,” Mazur wrote.

Saturday’s earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks trigged an avalanche that buried part of Mouth Everest’s base camp, according to the Associated Press. The AP is also reporting that at least 4,000, including 18 people on Mount Everest, were killed as a result of the earthquake and aftershocks. Another 61 people on the mountain are believed to be injured.