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Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Survivors of Mount Everest’s deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive. Just minutes before the avalanche hit on Friday, about 60 Sherpa guides had been backed up along the dangerous Khumbu Icefall — the edge of a slow-moving glacier known to calve and crack without warning. They heard the sickening boom of ice breaking above, and then the roar of it coming down around them. As details of the tragedy trickle down the mountain, Nepal’s tight-knit climbing community has been left reeling and struggling to make sense of an accident that they say…