Woman describes outrunning avalanche caused by quake

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SAN DIEGO - An Encinitas woman who survived the devastating avalanche in Nepal shared her story Tuesday with FOX 5.

"I looked at our guide and he just yelled, 'Earthquake, run!'" said Kat Heldman.

Heldman said the earthquake sounded like people stomping. She ran outside the tea house where she and three other locals were resting, only to find an avalanche waiting to strike.

"Someone yelled, 'avalanche, run!' And that's what we did. We all just started yelling for our lives."

Heldman and her husband Kevin Krogh were with two other local climbers, Brigida Martinez and Oscar Olea, on a 28-day hiking expedition when tragedy struck on day seven.

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Woman describes outrunning avalanche caused by 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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"I'm gonna die, that's what I was thinking," said Heldman. "I felt as if snow was burying me. I felt as if I was being buried in an avalanche. Then it all got quiet. It got very quiet and it stopped. We all stood up and we were alive."

Several dozens of people were killed - one from their group but most from Langtang, a nearby village.

After the avalanche, Heldman and the others went into rescue mode. Brigida, a nurse, according to her Facebook page, helped save a baby with two broken legs and a woman with severe head wounds.

"Some of what we did was just hugging people who were sobbing. Some of the people who came up from Langtang were refugees and they had just seen their babies and families die before their eyes," said Heldman.

The group spent five days with little food and water.

On Wednesday they were flown to Katmandu, then Los Angeles before returning home to San Diego on Friday.

Heldman's family is still collecting donation through a Go Fund Me account for those struggling.

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