Washington Monument Has Extensive Cracking, Chips

By: Ben Nuckols, Associated Press
By: Ben Nuckols, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - A new report on the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument details extensive cracking and chipped stones on the top portion of the 127-year-old structure that make it vulnerable to rain.

The report released Thursday suggests that standing water could collect on the upper floors during storms.

The report was prepared by the engineering firm whose employees rappelled down the sides of the monument in September to inspect the damage. The monument has been closed to visitors since a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the nation's capital on Aug. 23.

The report does not estimate how long repairs would take or how much they would cost. The recently approved federal spending bill allocates $7.5 million to fix the monument and directs the National Park Service to raise an equal amount through private donations.

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  • by Reality on Dec 23, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    Was your comment necessary? Your comment only proves why Dr. King life was/is so important. I guess I answered my own question; it was a reminder that hate still exist. Have a happy holiday season!
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      by God Bless America on Dec 24, 2011 at 02:17 AM in reply to Reality
      You do mean Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Don't you?
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        by Steve Florida native/resident on Dec 24, 2011 at 08:07 AM in reply to God Bless America
        This is for "God Bless America" Christmas Eve' at 05:17 AM. You made a very good point to that socialist. Here's a question for you(it's not a riddle)"Why do we celebrate New Year's Day?" Anyone may answer. God Bless America. Thanx, WCTV.TV! Merry Christmas and have a joyous New Year.
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      by Jim on Dec 25, 2011 at 08:16 AM in reply to Reality
      Much to my regret, Yes. At a time when at least two situations have developed that one would not have thought possible. A boy riding his bicycle to school displaying an American flag was told to stop. Students wearing t-shirts to school with an American flag were told it was not allowed. An attempt is being made to purge people, names, flags, monuments, symbols and placards from Southern history. This was because someone might be offended. The Tallahassee Springtime Parade at one time had as its centerpiece was Andrew Jackson. People were offended. Andrew Jackson no longer holds that position. February 26, 2000 TALLAHASSEE - Andrew Jackson, the country's seventh president, will no longer be the mascot of an annual Tallahassee parade because he owned slaves and fought Indians in battle. Maybe someone will be offended by a monument to a slave owner. Was my comment necessary? Yes.........No one has patent on hate or racism. It works in many strange ways. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  • by anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    Just like US.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Dec 22, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    We will probably hear, take it down anyway. Its got to be offensive to somebody. You know he was a slave owner. We have MLK monument now to take its place..
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