More than two weeks after a rare 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the East Coast, the Washington Monument in the Nation’s Capital remains closed to visitors.
As the region regained its bearings on August 23, several large cracks were discovered near the top of the 127-year old obelisk.
According to National Park Service officials, a damage survey from a structural engineering firm is still underway. Until the firm publishes a damage report, there’s no telling how long it could take to repair the Monument and declare the structure safe for tourists.
Meanwhile, more bad news came out of the capital Wednesday evening. A crane that was repairing earthquake damage at the National Cathedral collapsed.
Due to the accident, a planned 9/11 Memorial at the cathedral Sunday has been forced to move to the nearby Kennedy Center. President Obama is scheduled to make remarks at the event.
Source: USA Today