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Washington DC Region Marks 5 Years Since Magnitude 5.8 Quake


People stand in Foley Square in New York after being evacuated from the Federal and State buildings that surround it Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.

People stand in Foley Square in New York after being evacuated from the Federal and State buildings that surround it Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.

It's been five years since a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the Washington region.

Tuesday marks five years since the quake in 2011, which was centered near Mineral, Virginia, or about 80 miles southwest of Washington.

No one died in the quake, but the tumbler did extensive damage to the Washington National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.

Repairs to the Washington Monument cost $15 million and kept the monument closed for nearly three years.

The quake caused $34 million in damage to the National Cathedral, and repairs are still being made. Head stone mason Joe Alonso says after five years only 13 percent of the work has been completed. The cathedral still needs $22 million to finish the work. Workers expect to complete the repairs in 10 years.

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