The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Earthquake of August 23, 2011 —
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 U.S. Dept. of the Interior: National Park Service,.
Location. 38° 53.513′ N, 77° 2.038′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why is the Washington Monument Temporarily Closed? (here, next to this marker); Bulfinch Gate House (within shouting distance of this marker); German-American Friendship Garden (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boy Scout Memorial (about 700 feet away); Original Patentees Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Completing the Triangle (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Workers to Environment (approx. 0.2 miles away); To the Memory of Oscar S. Straus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
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