Washington Monument cracks in quake

The earthquake didn’t cause widespread damages or injuries, but it did put a crack in the Washington Monument.

After unconfirmed reports suggested the monument was tilting, park officials said Tuesday night that the 550-foot obelisk suffered a crack in the 5.8-magnitude rumble centered in Mineral, Va., near Charlottesville.

Inspections conducted by helicopter found a crack “at the very, very top” of the monument, park service spokesman Bill Line told The Washington Post, and the monument and plaza surrounding the structure will be closed indefinitely as it is examined.

Though it suffered damage, the monument isn’t leaning, the Park Service said.

The Park Service has also temporarily closed the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial pending further inspection, while other landmarks — including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial set to be officially unveiled this weekend — remain open.

Damages to the National Building Museum in downtown D.C. have forced organizers to move a Wednesday night gala for the King memorial to the Washington Convention Center, the Associated Press reported. – Politico.com

On September 23, 1835, the board of managers of the society described their expectations: It is proposed that the contemplated monument shall be like him in whose honor it is to be constructed, unparalleled in the world, and commensurate with the gratitude, liberality, and patriotism of the people by whom it is to be erected… [It] should blend stupendousness with elegance, and be of such magnitude and beauty as to be an object of pride to the American people, and of admiration to all who see it. Its material is intended to be wholly American, and to be of marble and granite brought from each state, that each state may participate in the glory of contributing material as well as in funds to its construction. (wikipedia)

Did the D.C. earthquake today wake you up at the Capitol and Pentagon? Satan can spin his yarns about leaving his child behind, and he can continue to heavily guard the West Coast, but that won’t save the other targets that the LOZ are eyeing. And that was a minor shallow quake off a much larger quake headed for that region. The LOZ are working over time, and they are determined to meet the time-line by the end of this year for Satan’s Child’s fall.

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