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Everest Movie Crew Survives Deadly Avalanche

By Brian Gallagher — April 18th, 2014

Earlier today, an avalanche struck on Mount Everest, killing 13 people. The Universal Pictures thriller Everest is also shooting near the site, but Deadline reports that the production suffered no fatalities or injuries due to the natural disater.

Principal photography is still under way on director Baltasar Kormákur's thriller, with the main unit currently shooting at Pinewood Studios in London. The second unit is still filming on Mount Everest itself, as they were preparing to go up and shoot at Base 2. At the time of the avalanche, the crew was at the foot of the summit, some 1,000 feet below, when a wall of ice fell off and crashed into Base 2. Most of the fatalities are said to be climbers and the experienced sherpas who guide them to the top of the mountain. Several of the sherpas who were consulting on Everest rushed to the scene to help. The production will now have to wait and see if it's possible to get back up to Base 2 to finish shooting.

The sherpas were said to be carrying equipment and supplies to the camps for climbers getting ready for what is the peak climbing season at Mount Everest, including participants in Discovery Channel's Everest Jump Live. Seven NBC News staffers were on site and unharmed, although it isn't known how the avalanche will affect Everest Jump Live's planned May 11 air date.

Everest stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright, which is based on the true story of two separate expeditions trying to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, when they encounter one of the deadliest storms on record.

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