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    The earthquake severed this road in the village of Jomsom. Student researcher Galen Murton said the area suffered significant damage – collapsed buildings, a broken bridge and ruined roads. Photo by Galen Murton

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    Galen Murton, 37, a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, first came to Nepal in 1999 and has returned more than a dozen times. Nepal is “a stunningly beautiful country,” he said.

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    A vegetable seller in the plaza of Durbar Square in Kathmandu serves residents of Bastantapur living in makeshift tent shelters, as most residential properties in the neighborhood are not safe for habitation at this time. Photo by Galen Murton

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    Kageshwor Mandir is one of many temples of the Durbar Square complex. Although the upper levels of its pagoda tower have collapsed, the lower base stands in place and continues to serve as a roost for the ubiquitous local pigeons. Photo by Galen Murton

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    Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square is part of the historical royal palace. It served as the venue for public audiences and coronations for the Nepali monarchy. Photo by Galen Murton

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    This small temple in Durbar Square suffered severe cracking and damage in the earthquake, yet it still represents the exceptional woodwork typical of the neighborhood's architecture. Photo by Galen Murton

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    Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu on Feb. 15 before the earthquake. Photo by Galen Murton

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    The square on May 5. Steps that once led to a pair of pagoda-style Hindu temples with multi-tiered roofs now lead nowhere. Photo by Galen Murton

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    The Basantapur Tower was one of the tallest of the towers in the Hanuman Dhoka complex, another title for the grand royal palace of Durbar Square. Photo by Galen Murton

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    Basantapur Tower on May 5. Photo by Galen Murton

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    Galen Murton

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