A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Kathmandu, Nepal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, caused the deaths of nearly 15,000 people this past week. Damaged monuments statues, and other artifacts that were part of every-day life in Kathmandu were hastily cleared away and at times used to aid in rescuing trapped persons from debris. These structures and artifacts signify the religious, artistic, and cultural past that is entirely a part of the lives of Nepalese today. Several monuments including parts of the Swayambhunath complex and the Dharahara have been completely destroyed, though the damage of the seven monument zones is still being assessed and the significance of the loss of life and culture will be overwhelming. Read more here.
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