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Officials picked through the wreckage of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in Myanmar's ancient capital Bagan on Thursday after a powerful earthquake rattled the top tourist destination, leaving three dead. Clouds of dust settled over the damaged pagodas as officials took stock of the destruction caused by the 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck just south of the famous archaeological site Wednesday, killing two young girls and a man in nearby towns. Police blocked tourists from entering Bagan's vast field of some 2,500 Buddhist monuments -- among the country's most venerated religious sites -- as workers cleared piles of bricks and swept the grounds.