Four Americans Died on Mount Everest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -

A Californian who had been planning to climb Everest for at least 10 years was among the four Americans killed at the hikers’ base camp in an avalanche unleashed by the earthquake.

On Monday, the State Department confirmed that Vinh Truong of Sunnyvale, California was among those killed. The State Department has identified another American as Thomas Ely Taplin, 61, of Evergreen, Colorado. Taplin was working on a documentary about the community of climbers at the base camp and had been there only a short time when the earthquake struck, his wife, Cory Freyer, said Monday.

Eighteen people were killed in all during the avalanche.

The other two Americans haven’t been officially named.

However, Google has said that one of its executives, Dan Fredinburg, died on Everest on Saturday. Madison Mountaineering said that 28-year-old Marisa Eve Girawong of Edison, New Jersey, also died in the avalanche.