Image from the quake: Heavy damage in Nepal ancient city

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Posted: Apr 26, 2015 7:21 AM
Image from the quake: Heavy damage in Nepal ancient city

THE IMAGE:

In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, a man in Nepal's ancient city of Bhaktapur cries Sunday as he walks through debris caused by the powerful earthquake that struck the region on Saturday.

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THE CITY:

Located about 13 kilometers (8 miles) east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is filled with Hindu temples and other elaborate structures and buildings, and is known as Nepal's Cultural Gem. It is one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, with the others being Kathmandu and Patan. Bhaktapur, which has a population of about 300,000, has the best preserved old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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THE DESTRUCTION:

While the full extent of the destruction in Bhaktapur caused by Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake is not fully known, many buildings collapsed. The city center was filled with rubble, and bodies were seen among the debris.

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THE 1934 QUAKE:

Many of Bhaktapur's ancient buildings were destroyed in 1934 in the worst recorded earthquake to hit Nepal. Some of the city's buildings were restored over the years, including in efforts funded by Western countries.