Quake Damaged Washington Monument, Natl. Cathedral

Both closed indefinitely after cracks found
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 1:40 AM CDT
Updated Aug 24, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
Wash. Monument, Natl. Cathedral Damaged by Quake
A helicopter flies closely to the Washington Monument so engineers can survey its exterior for damage after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday.   (Getty Images)

Officials tallying up the damage from yesterday's shocking East Coast earthquake discovered hits on the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral. National Park Service workers found cracks near the top of the 91,000-ton marble monument, which has been closed indefinitely to protect the public, reports AP. Three of four spires of the National Cathedral were also damaged, and cracks were spotted in the facade. The church was evacuated and will remain closed while officials assess the damage. (More Washington Monument stories.)

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