<p>Buildings in and around Durbar Square, a site surrounded by ancient palaces that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, collapsed as a result of the Kathmandu earthquake. Rescuers cleared the debris Saturday afternoon in the search for survivors.</p>

Collapsed Square

Buildings in and around Durbar Square, a site surrounded by ancient palaces that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, collapsed as a result of the Kathmandu earthquake. Rescuers cleared the debris Saturday afternoon in the search for survivors.

Photograph by Niranjan Shrestha, Associated Press

Pictures: Nepal's 7.8-Magnitude Quake Reaps Death, Destruction

Photographs show the extent of damage that turned communities to rubble as survivors were still being pulled out late Saturday.

Updated 11:20 a.m. ET April 29.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, collapsing buildings and bridges and killing at least 5,000 people in Nepal, India and China.

The region's infrastructure is unprepared to absorb the shaking from large seismic events, and images showed people digging out of rubble to find survivors. The U.S. Geological Survey has called the fault zone between the India and Eurasia tectonic plates one of the most seismically active on Earth.

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