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12 Killed in Mount Everest Avalanche

An avalanche on Nepal's Mount Everest has killed at least 12 local guides. Several other guides were rescued, while others are still missing.

An official with Nepal's Tourism Ministry said all the victims were Sherpa guides working on the mountain in preparation for the start of climbing season.

The official said the avalanche occurred at around 6:30 a.m. Friday in an area called the "popcorn field."

The major avalanche is the first of the climbing season at the world's highest peak and the deadliest ever on Everest.

Thousands of climbers have scaled the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay completed the first ascent in 1953. Nearly 250 people have died.

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