The Washington Monument is still closed due to damage from the August 23 earthquake based in Mineral, VS. This new video released by the US Parks Service shows how it looked from inside the monument 500 feet up. Watch as you will see a Park Ranger sit down at her post (ignore the texting). Soon you will see the confusion as everything shakes, the ranger looks up in the direction of the camera, then along with the guests, race downstairs with debris raining down on them.
Today engineers will repel down the outside, investigating cracks needed of emergency repairs and weatherproofing. The biggest threat now is water seeping into the cracks. As the weather gets colder, any water can freeze, making cracks even larger. While the structure is considered stable now, any further damage could threaten the overall integrity. Right now, the bulk of the damage is identified at the top in what is called the pyramidion.
See the beautiful views of the Washington Monument from all seasons in the slide show on the left
Washington Monument and DC photo slide shows:
Spectacular sunrise by Washington Monument in Washington DC
Cherry Blossom Festival 2011
Cherry blossoms: 2010 early bloom in Washington
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC: Parts 1 and 2
Fall Foliage: Arlington National Cemetery
Fall Foliage from Baltimore and Washington DC
The event on August 23rd was the was largest earthquake to hit the eastern US in 67 years. It was centered near Mineral, Virginia on that Tuesday afternoon with an official magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter Scale according to USGS. This was the strongest quake in the east since a similar one hit New York in 1944. It was close to the Virginia sate record of 5.9 which was set back in 1896 in Giles County, VA. The strongest in the eastern US was a 7.3 in South Carolina in 1886.
This was strong enough to be felt through central Maryland and lead to some damage to old buildings in Annapolis and Baltimore. The St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fells Point was closed do to damage.
Damage to Washington DC’s National Cathedral as well as some other buildings was also notice. Washington Monument was closed due to visible cracks as well.
This quake was shallow, only 3.7 miles deep, which allowed it to ripple a long distance in the densely populated Mid Atlantic and northeast. It was felt all the way into Mass and even Toronto, Canada.
Do you remember Maryland’s 3.6 quake last summer? See more here
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