SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Alison Hudson, a documentary filmmaker from Southwest Harbor who was in Kathmandu, Nepal, when the devastating earthquake struck on Saturday, is safe and on her way home.
Her father, Steve, said in an email late Tuesday that she was able to get on a flight to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, arriving there Monday night. He added that he and his wife, Hilary, were glad she was safe. He said she was staying with a friend in Abu Dhabi until Friday, when she plans to fly back to the United States.
Hudson, 28, had been at a base camp for climbers on Mount Everest, where she was filming a documentary about Sherpa mountaineering guides, just a few days before the region was rocked by the 7.8-magnitude quake. More than 15 people at Base Camp are feared dead in the avalanche triggered by the quake.
“I was in my apartment on the third floor of a building in Kathmandu when the earthquake hit,” she said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “It was like being inside a moving subway car. The windows flew open, the bikes were thrown off the rack on the wall, everything was shaking, and the plaster on the wall was cracking.”
Hudson took refuge in a steel-frame doorway, but the building did not collapse. She has been in touch with people at Base Camp on Everest since the quake and has learned that none of her friends there were among the dead or injured.
Because she had already captured all the footage she needed for her documentary, Hudson said she has no plans at this time to return to Everest. “With all the recovery efforts underway in country, to travel there would just use up vital resources unnecessarily,” she said.
Hudson is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc.
She has worked as a kayak guide in Bar Harbor for National Park Kayak Tours.
Bar Harbor-based International Partners in Mission also has been raising money for the people of Nepal.