Engineers checking Washington Monument after rare earthquake
August 24th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Engineers checking Washington Monument after rare earthquake

Washington (CNN) - The Washington Monument remained closed Wednesday as engineers studied ways to repair cracks at the top of the capital's iconic structure - one day after a rare 5.8-magnitude East Coast earthquake.

Washington's National Cathedral also remained closed after sustaining what its staff described as "substantial damage," including numerous cracks in the building's limestone blocks and broken pinnacles on its towers.

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  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Looking for infrastructure projects? Here you go!

    August 24, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. diridi

    Global Warming is creating these natural catastrophes, learn, Please do not cut big long trees. White-house, and Congress, do not let these idiots like lobbyists for building, and cutting trees. We need vegetation in this nation. Keep America Beautiful, Keep forests, and wildlife....God bless. Listen, when earth is too hot, these things happen. God is telling us something, respect it and pray for it.....

    August 24, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    diridi
    Global Warming is creating these natural catastrophes...
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    I don't think so. Cash-For-Clunkers solved global warming last year.

    August 24, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "Looking for infrastructure projects? Here you go!"
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    Infrascructure? It's a MONUMENT for crying out loud.

    Good Gawd.

    August 24, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gotta tell you it was quite something here in Maryland!
    My marble topped desk shook quite violently here at work; you saw buildings down the street undulating.
    The quake that we experienced on July 16th, 2010 was a 3.8 magnitude. We joked about that one. This one was a 5.9 (some say 6.0). Nothing to joke about.
    Damage to the National Cathedral has been reported. Asessments are being made today to many other locations.
    The thrill is gone.

    August 24, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Global Warming is creating these natural catastrophes,
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    I didn't know earthquakes just started happening since we started using oil. Honestly... how absurd.

    August 24, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I can't believe Obama and the Democrats didn't blame the earth quake on the Tea Party and/or the Republicans. They are slipping.

    August 24, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    NEWS FLASH: Obama to address the nation at 8pm tonight on earthquake and approaching hurricane

    Why not? Obama hasn't been in front of a camera in a day or two. He must be experiencing symptoms of withdrawal.

    August 24, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. FM

    Thanks god that nothing bad happened. It might be a warning that its time to think deeply on infrastructure. The bad memories of levees in New Orleans have not vanished!

    August 24, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |