The earthquake in Nepal has left thousands dead and many more injured or homeless. It is hard to imagine how all of this could be caused by just a series of rumbles, no longer than a minute each
Aside from the horrifying human toll, Nepal’s rich cultural heritage has also been devastated. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
The following side-by-side images, the first from earlier in the year (via Google maps) and the second from after the quake (Via The New York Timers’ Brian Dawson) convey some of that destruction. If you would like to donate for the earthquake relief fund you can do so at International Medical Corps.
King Pratap Malla Statue
Katmandu Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square
Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple
Vatsala Shikhara Temple