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Ulster climber fears second shockwave

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 28/04/2015

A Northern Ireland adventurer will learn today whether his latest attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest will be allowed to continue amid fears that another stronger earthquake may hit the Tibet side of the Himalayas where he is currently based.

Noel Hanna, from Co Down, is part of a team of climbers and guides who were intending to scale the north side of the highest mountain in the world.

He says that Chinese officials fear that another earthquake may occur soon and is heading their way.

The 48-year-old from Dromara, who has scaled Everest seven times, said: "The second aftershock was 53 miles closer to where we are now on the north side of Everest. We have been told that the Chinese have been researching with NASA and believe that an even stronger quake may be closer to us."

"Even if the expedition is cancelled tomorrow, we are going nowhere until the roads reopen."

His wife Lynne, who is in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the couple have lived for four years, said that the unpredictability of the situation made her anxious for her husband's safety.

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