EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn native recalls terrifying moment on Mount Everest during Nepal quake

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Man Recalls Terrifying Moment on Mount Everest During Quake

NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A Brooklyn native hiking in Nepal when a catastrophic earthquake struck the South Asian nation and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest is sharing his story exclusively with PIX11 News about the terrifying moment when the 7.8-magnitude quake rocked the region.

Mendachem "Mendy" Losh, 38, originally from Brooklyn and now living in Newport Beach, Calif., was hiking with friend Daniel Cole, of Brooklyn, and on the glacier at the time of the earthquake.

"When it happened we were on some snow and we felt the ground move," Losh told PIX11 Tuesday.

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EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn native recalls terrifying moment on Mount Everest during Nepal quake
A rescue chopper lands carrying people from higher camps to Everest Base Camp, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. An avalanche on Saturday, set off by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured. (AP Photo/Nima Namgyal Sherpa)
In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, people critically injured in an avalanche are wrapped to be evacuated out of Everest Base Camp, Nepal. An avalanche on Saturday, set off by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured. (AP Photo/Nima Namgyal Sherpa)
Mountaineers and Nepalese Sherpa guides evacuated from Everest Base Camp sit inside another rescue chopper to be flown to Lukla, in Pheriche, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Mountaineers, guides and porters streamed from Mount Everest base camp on Sunday in the wake of a deadly earthquake-triggered avalanche that obliterated parts of the rocky village of nylon tents. Some warned that dozens of people may still be missing. (AP Photo/Pasang Dawa Sherpa)
In this photo provided by Azim Afif, a man helps an injured woman after she is checked by a doctor at the International Mount Guide (IMG) camp at Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Sunday, April 26, 2015. An avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp Saturday, killing a number of people and left others unaccounted for. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
A rescue chopper lands carrying people from higher camps to Everest Base Camp, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. An avalanche on Saturday, set off by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured. (AP Photo/Nima Namgyal Sherpa)
An Injured Sherpa guide sits inside a bus after they were evacuated from Mount Everest Base Camp, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. The first group of survivors from an earthquake-triggered avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp were flown to Nepal's capital on Sunday and taken to hospitals. Of those evacuated, 12 were Nepalese Sherpas. (AP Photo/Bikram Rai)
U.S. citizen Michael Churton, 38, from New York, who was injured during an avalanche resulting from Saturday’s earthquake at the base camp of the mount Everest, arrives at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
U.S. citizen Michael Churton, 38, right, from New York city, who was injured in an avalanche, set off by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, bids good-bye to fellow climbers U.S. citizen Mariusz Malkowski from New Jersey, centre, and Ron Nissien from Australia after their return to the domestic airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Saturday's massive earthquake spread horror from Kathmandu to small villages and to the slopes of Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts and has left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
This photo provided by Azim Afif shows the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
In this photo provided by Azim Afif people approach the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
In this photo provided by Azim Afif a man approaches the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
This photo provided by Azim Afif shows the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
This photo provided by Azim Afif shows the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
This photo provided by Azim Afif shows nightfall after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)
Rescue team personnel carry an injured person towards a waiting rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. (Photo credit Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images)
Nepali sherpas and other Nepali members of expeditons watch as an unseen rescue helicopter takes off with the injured from Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. (Photo credit Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images)
Prayer flags frame a rescue helicopter as it ferries the injured from Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. (Photo credit Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images)
An injured person is helped to a landing area to be loaded onto a rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base Camp. The bodies of those who perished lie under orange tents. (Photo credit Roberto Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images)
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Losh said at first, they thought it was just an avalanche.

"But then we looked up and we saw these boulders rolling down the mountain," he said. "So we went and dove behind the big rock."

Losh was traveling with Cole, a guide and a porter, at the time of the earthquake and said no one in their group was hurt.

"We didn't really think much of it, we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Losh said. "And everybody else was probably fine."

The pair were in the town of Gorak Shep when speaking with PIX11 News but were evacuated by helicopter to the town of Lukla. Losh said they'll take several helicopters until they get to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, to make the journey home.

The families of Losh and Cole reported the pair missing after the earthquake struck. After not hearing from them for three days, they finally received a message about 2:30 a.m. Monday that the pair was OK.

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