A teenager from Kelsall is shaken but OK after being hit by an avalanche on Mount Everest sparked by a massive earthquake in Nepal which has killed hundreds of people.

Alex Staniforth, 19, is making his second attempt to conquer the highest mountain in the world after he was forced to cancel last year’s bid following a huge avalanche that left 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides dead.

The BBC is reporting that more than 400 people are known to have died in the powerful quake that struck Nepal, wrecking many historic buildings.

The quake measured 7.9 and struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt across the region, as far afield as Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighbouring India.

The blog at alexstaniforth.com reports: "Alex has just called support team. He was hit by an avalanche whilst heading up to camp 1. He is Ok, shaken and safe back at base camp."

This was later amended: "Correction: Alex is at Camp 1 and is safe with his team."

The former Tarporley High School student had been acclimatising to his surroundings in preparation for the ascent.

He told The Chronicle this week: "I’m taking one day at a time and staying focused on the things that I can control,” he said.

"I have the best possible support team around me and I’m glad to be here in such a beautiful part of the world. My limits are about to be pushed more than I’ve ever known but I want to show young people what they’re capable of achieving.”

As well as raising funds for Himalayan Trust UK, Alex is also is supporting the Alex Staniforth Adversity Fund, which helps people in Cheshire with mental health, bullying and disability issues to live a healthy active lifestyle. He is also being sponsored by Active Cheshire and The Westgrove Group, who recently named him as their first Young Ambassador.