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An Argentine mountain climber was nine days into a solo traverse of Yukon's Mount Logan (5,959 metres) when a pair of earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.2 and 6.3 shook the territory on Monday morning, media reports said.
Natalia Martinez, 37, the mountain climber was camped high above the clouds at an elevation above 3,000 metres when the first earthquake hit, early Monday morning.
Martinez was spared but due to a series of landslides, her surroundings were unstable.
"Right now, she's doing her best to stay safe, keep the camp safe, to keep the tent sound," said her partner Camilo Rada from Vancouver, where he is a student. Rada had been keeping in touch with Martinez by satellite phone.
Martinez did not know it was an earthquake. She only felt that the mountain was falling apart, Rada said.
"She felt that all the ground under her camp subsided and moved a lot, and of course she was very scared," CBCNews reports said.
Rada continued to say Martinez was an adept climber and was handling her situation well.
"She has a lot of climbing experience in Patagonia, which is notorious for the bad weather. So she knows how to make a camp strong and to keep it safe in a storm," said Rada, CBCNews reports said.
Nevertheless, she realized that continuing her journey was out of the question. The territory was still highly unstable. She made contact with Rada, and they immediately began planning for her rescue.
But due to the unpredictable weather, the plan to rescue her by helicopter did not seem possible until Thursday, or maybe Friday, said Rada,
When the second quake hit, Martinez moved her camp to a narrow ridge that offered more protection from any falling debris, said Rada.
Sian Williams of Icefield Discovery Tours, the outfitter that flew Martinez to her initial base camp said although Martinez was in a relatively safe location, she was still surrounded by danger.
Williams said storms with high winds were expected over the next couple of days and the route condition had become very unstable.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)