400 tourists trapped in Kathmandu Dharahara tower, avalanche in the Himalayas, temples destroyed

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Up to 400 people, many are expected to be tourists wanting to enjoy a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley are currently trapped when the Dharahara Tower or Bhimsen Tower collapsed. It was a nine storey (61.88m) tall tower at the center of Kathmandu. It is a part of Architecture of Kathmandu recognized by UNESCO. It was built in 1832 by the Prime Minister of the time, Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal.

The tower had a spiral staircase containing 213 steps. The 8th floor held a circular balcony for observers.

Video shows Kathmandu temples are destroyed by the earthquake.
A second 6.5 earthquake was recorded minutes ago by USGS followed the 7.9 hit Kathmandu, Nepal earlier

An avalanches was reported in the Mount Everest region after the quake.

More reports are coming in by the minute reporting Apartment blocks damaged and casulties reported.

The situation in Kathmandu appears to be chaotic. Nepal authorities have not confirmed any casulties or injuries at this time.