Myanmar earthquake: Images from Bagan historic sites

Source: BBC

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in central Myanmar on Wednesday killed four people and damaged dozens of ancient structures dotting the plains of Bagan.

President Htin Kyaw visited the area on Thursday to see the damage and discuss how to repair it with local officials.

Bagan’s spectacular plain has more than 2,200 pagodas, temples, monasteries and other structures on it, most left over from the city’s heyday between the 11th and 13th Centuries, when it was the capital of the regions that went on to form modern Myanmar.

24 August 2016 photo showing a huge cloud of dust coming from a temple during the earthquake.Image copyrightEPA
Image captionNo-one in Bagan was killed in the quake, although four people died elsewhere
The top of the damaged Sulamani temple in Bagan on 25 August 2016Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe Sulamani temple was one of the most famous to be damaged
A woman farms in a field in front of the Sulamani Guphaya temple, which was damaged after a strong earthquake hit Bagan, Myanmar, 25 August 2016.Image copyrightAP
Image captionWednesday’s was just the latest, and far from the most damaging, of hundreds of quakes to hit Bagan since its famous sites were built between the 10th and 14th centuries
A photographer walks on the rubble of a collapsed pagoda after the earthquake. Taken 25 August 2016.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionWith many years of hasty – some critics say too hasty – restoration in the past, a lot of what fell was in fact more recent material
The entrance of a collapsed pagoda is seen after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, 25 August 2016.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionBagan is one of Asia’s most famous historic sites and is the centrepiece of Myanmar’s fast-growing tourism industry
Military personnel clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, 25 August 2016.Image copyrightAP
Image captionMilitary personnel were drafted in to clean up
Tourists take pictures of a damaged pagoda after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, 25 August 2016Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionAfter the quake, some tourists still took pictures of the sights, but from a safe distance
Bagan with hot air balloons
Image captionThousands of structures dot the plains of Bagan, which was once the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan – an early version of what is now Myanmar

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