View Full Version : Earthaquake Damages Washington Monument.

August 25th, 2011, 07:04 AM

The earthquake that occured in Virginia on the afternoon of August 23, 2011 has caused the indefinate closing of one of America's famous icons; the Washington Monument.

Officials had discovered that about a 4-foot crack located near the top of the tower is evident, and had immediately ordered the monument to be closed. As of this morning, work crews will be evaluating and assessing the damage and they will begin repairing it.

I just went there with a friend last Monday during a week-long stay in DC! We DID go up to the obs deck in the monument to look down. I took some pictures from there of the ground below and afar. So glad I was able to, because that was my very first time in life, going up there. The view was breath-taking!

Hopefully, it will reopen soon.

August 25th, 2011, 09:04 AM
Hopefully this is just the facade that needs repair... but that said, these things were never designed for earthquakes....

August 25th, 2011, 01:02 PM
I always assumed that the WM had a steel superstructure. Nope, it's all stone blocks. 36,491 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument#Construction_details) of 'em stacked atop one another, designed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument#Design) in the 1830s. Construction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument#Construction) started in the 1840s before structural steel was used.


August 25th, 2011, 01:30 PM
That would be bad......

Any news on reinforcement during restoration?

August 25th, 2011, 03:30 PM
When it started being built, it was constructed to about over 150 some odd feet, but it was then met with rejection. After much debate and pressure, it was finished to its full height.

If you notice, it is actually 2-toned because of the height at which the construction of it was stopped and then restarted.

August 25th, 2011, 03:38 PM
Here are some of the pics that I took while there last week. In the first pic, you'll notice the 2-tone color near the top.