The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Mall and Memorial Parks
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. As the earth shook, the Washington Monument sustained significant damage to many of its marble and granite blocks.
Although the monument remains structurally sound, internal and external stone damage was discovered in many areas. Most occurred in the top fifty feet of the monument, the pyramidion, which suffered cracks to marble panels, tie beams, and rib bearing haunches, as well as displacement of rib stones. Emergency teams waterproofed cracks and removed loose stone for safety.
Close-up of earthquake-damaged stonework and a diagram showing the extent of damaged exterior stone on the east face of the Monument.
Preparation and Repairs:
To facilitate Washington Monument repairs, a temporary access road and scaffolding in place.
Accessing damage in September 2012
Repairs are expected to be completed in 2014. National Mall and Memorial Parks
Erected 2013 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Location. 38° 53.513′ N, 77° 2.038′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50) and 15th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Bulfinch Gate House (within shouting distance of this marker); Live Oaks: A Gathering Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Live Oaks: Specimens of Global, Scholarly and Public Research (within shouting distance of this marker); Live Oaks: A Symbol of Strength (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sheltering Branches (about 500 feet away); German-American Friendship Garden (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The German-American Friendship Garden (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on March 30, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.