Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

US monument closed by quake

The US National Park Service said engineers have discovered several additional cracks in the top portion of the Washington Monument.

The "significant" cracks were found during a day-long inspection of the interior.

A 4ft-crack was discovered on Tuesday during an inspection of the exterior by helicopter, shortly after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the capital.

The monument is closed to visitors indefinitely while engineers with quake damage experience are examining the cracks.

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