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US monument closed by quake

Published 26/08/2011

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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