Latest Photos Of A Damaged Washington Monument…

Washington Monument cracks indicate earthquake damage (Photos)

(WashingtonPost)…More damage found inside the Washington Monument Wednesday, including a four-foot-long fissure in the pyramid-shaped cap at the top, indicates that the earthquake did not leave the capital region unscathed.
A one-inch wide, four-foot long crack was spotted Wednesday in the Washington Monument’s pyramidion, near the very top of the 555-foot obelisk. It looks like they are going to need grout mixing advice. (U.S. Park Police Aviation)

Five U.S. Park Service Police photos released late Wednesday show why the monument remains closed to the public — a block appears dislodged in the top of the monument and debris is scattered on the stairs and observation deck where millions of visitors have taken a look at the Capitol, Pentagon, White House and Lincoln Memorial.

From inside the pyramidion of the Washington Monument, a block appears to be dislodged.

Fallen debris on the floor of the observation deck, where millions of tourists have trod.

Debris on stairs coming down from the Washington Monument’s observation deck.

Steve Lorenzetti, USPS deputy superintendent of planning, and Robert A. Vogel, USPS superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, confer with civil engineer Ned Wallace inside the Washington Monument.

The monument was initially closed right after the earthquake struck at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday. The National Park Service is making no predictions when it will reopen, because evaluations are still underway.

“We have to let the structural engineers do their job. That may take a week to 10 days,” said NPS spokesman Bill Line. “It may take a week or two after that point for them to pull things together and write a report that documents the amount of damage done, and to make recommendations. The Park Service will have to evaluate that.”

Aware that visitors to the nation’s capital love to ride the elevator to the top of the monument and gaze at the federal city and horizons, and that hundreds of thousands of visitors are due this weekend for the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Line said the service cannot take any chances with safety.

“It’s impossible to say how long repairs will take to complete. Then we’ll have to have repairs inspected and certified,” Line said. “I know we live in this instanteous world where everything is expected to happen instantly, but we have to be correct.”

Visitors who feel height-deprived may want to consider the 270-foot elevation of the Old Post Office Pavilion tower, which was closed briefly after the earthquake Tuesday and is now reopened.

Can you imagine how it felt to be inside, at the top of this structure, when the earthquake hit?  Someone was.


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14 Responses to Latest Photos Of A Damaged Washington Monument…

  1. ZurichMike says:

    The only way to fix this is to spend $2 trillion dollars of money we don’t have to help the poor unionized minority victims of society buy plasma TVs, homes they don’t a job to pay for, and lots of Obama bling.


  2. WeeWeed says:

    I’ll bet fixing a white monument is raaaaaaaaaaaccciiissssssssstt.


  3. Hey, y’all, there’s a huge upside to the Wash-a-Mo being damaged and close to the public. Now, the Progressocrats can’t threaten shutdown of the thing as a result of Republican spending cuts.


  4. texan59 says:

    This will take seven years of bid preparation, $5,000,000,000,000 of gubmint $$ and then another 30 years to finish. Hope no one has plans to go see it!


  5. NM Pancho says:

    Hang on now….I’m confused.
    Is the monument sitting atop the Bushes Fault or the Obamas Fault?
    I never got my yankee geography straight.
    A little hep here?


    • Solaratov says:

      Im thinkin’ it’s on the Not My Fault – where it intersects with the TEA Party Fault and the Japanese Tsunami Fault.
      Of course, since the Global Warming Fault caused (and effects) the Japanese Tsunami Fault, much of the blame lies there as well.

      No. No. Don’t thank me. I’m always glad to share from my vast knowledge of…well…damned near everything. 😉


  6. Wow. 😦 Earth Shaking and now the wind commeth…… 😦 Yikes !!


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