Photos show the destruction of ancient temples after powerful Myanmar earthquake

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Myanmar quake damages ancient temples

A powerful earthquake struck the city of Bagan in central Myanmar on Wednesday. The earthquake registered a 6.8 on the Richter Scale and killed at least three people.

Bagan is famous for its historic Buddhist temples and ancient history. The quake damaged roughly 200 temples, most of which were built between the 10th and 14th centuries.

The images below show the aftermath of the earthquake and the damages to the structures. Residents began cleaning the rubble and debris yesterday and will begin repairs to the temples.

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A general view of the damaged ancient Tayoke Pyay Temple on August 26, 2016, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The ancient Sulamuni temple is seen shrouded in dust as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on August 24, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least one person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / SOE MOE AUNG / (Photo credit should read SOE MOE AUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGAN, MYANMAR - AUGUST 25 : A general view of Dhammayangyi temple after earthquake in ancient Bagan city, Myanmar on August 25, 2016. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that rocked central Myanmar has left at least four people dead and more than 200 ancient temples and pagodas damaged, government officials said Thursday. (Photo by Kyaw Kyaw/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Collapsed walls are seen surrounding the ancient pagoda of Sulamani after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan, on August 25, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
Collapsed walls are seen surrounding the ancient pagoda of Sulamani after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan, on August 25, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
The damaged ancient Myauk Guni Temple is seen, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan, on August 25, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGAN, MYANMAR - AUGUST 25 : Myanmar military staff and a police officer collect the pieces of bricks of Dhammayangyi temple after earthquake in ancient Bagan city, Myanmar on August 25, 2016. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that rocked central Myanmar has left at least four people dead and more than 200 ancient temples and pagodas damaged, government officials said Thursday. (Photo by Kyaw Kyaw/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Military personnel stand as they clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Using brooms and their hands soldiers and residents of the ancient Myanmar city famous for it's historic Buddhist pagodas, began cleaning up the debris from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hkun Lat)
BAGAN, MYANMAR - AUGUST 25 : A general view of Dhammayangyi temple after earthquake in ancient Bagan city, Myanmar on August 25, 2016. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that rocked central Myanmar has left at least four people dead and more than 200 ancient temples and pagodas damaged, government officials said Thursday. (Photo by Kyaw Kyaw/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Military personnel clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Using brooms and their hands soldiers and residents of the ancient Myanmar city famous for it's historic Buddhist pagodas, began cleaning up the debris from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hkun Lat)
A man collect the pieces of mural painting scattered on the floor at the damaged, ancient Htilominlo Temple on August 25, 2016, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
Collapsed walls surround an ancient pagoda after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on August 24, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least one person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / SOE MOE AUNG (Photo credit should read SOE MOE AUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar military staff sweep the ground at the damaged, ancient Htilominlo Temple on August 25, 2016, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
Military personnel clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Using brooms and their hands soldiers and residents of the ancient Myanmar city famous for it's historic Buddhist pagodas, began cleaning up the debris from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples Wednesday. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein)
The damaged ancient Myauk Guni Temple is pictured, after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan, on August 25, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
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