Last week all eyes were on the Himalayas’ highest peak – 29,000-foot Mt. Everest, whose summit is bisected by the China-Nepal border – in honor of the 60th anniversary of the first human ascent of the mountain.
But the momentous occasion presented as much cause for panic as for celebration, when images showing bare rock jutting out from under the receding ice caps called attention to the rapidly changing face of this majestic range.
While attending the 2013 PANOS South Asia Climate Change Fellowship in Nepal last month, I was quite intrigued by the possibility of a ‘Himalayan Tsunami’. Having experienced the 2004 Asian Tsunami at dangerously close quarters, I wanted to pursue this straight out of hell disaster risk. Here is the resultant story that I did for TIME – http://world.time.com/2013/05/27/fears-grow-of-a-himalayan-tsunami-as-glaciers-melt/