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    Some 400 people may be trapped trapped under the rubble of the Dharahara tower in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, local media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The historic nine storey Dharahara tower was destroyed as a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the region earlier in the day, according to the NDTV channel.

    The earthquake, which took place about 82 kilometers (51 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, has reportedly caused severe damage in the city and triggered an avalanche in Mount Everest. Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport has been closed.

    At least four people have so far been confirmed killed, the CNN-IBN television channel reported.

    Tremors of the earthquake could also be felt in neighboring India, where a teenage girl was reportedly killed when a building collapsed.

    Due to the lack of beds at local hospitals, people are being treated on roads which have been turned into makeshift hospitals, Sputnik’s India correspondent reports.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an emergency meeting to assess the situation, according to Home Ministry sources interviewed by Sputnik.

    The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre initially reported the magnitude of the earthquake to be 7.5 but shortly revised it to 7.8, while the US Geological Survey has assessed its magnitude as 7.9.

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