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Washington Monument to Reopen 3 Years After Quake

A worker removes fencing which closed the Washington Monument off to the public during renovations, May 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
A worker removes fencing which closed the Washington Monument off to the public during renovations, May 9, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
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The Washington Monument, one of the U.S. capital's most recognizable sights, will reopen Monday, nearly three years after sustaining damage from a rare earthquake.
 
The memorial honoring the first American president, George Washington, has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 169-meter stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.  It is 130 years old.
 
New exhibits have been installed at the top, and visitors can once again ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in Washington, D.C.
 
The 2011 quake rattled a large swathe of the U.S. East Coast, a region not usually prone to earthquakes.
 
It also caused significant damage to Washington's National Cathedral.

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by: Mark from: Virginia
May 11, 2014 10:09 PM
I have lived nearly the whole of my life on the East Coast, with brief forays overseas and to the West Coast while serving in the Military (Air Force and Marine Corps). Only twice have I felt the ground move beneath my feet in all that time (well, a third time when I was living in California), that quake three years ago was the most intense I have ever experienced.
The one I felt on the West Coast was more of a rippling motion like being on a boat in heavy seas. Three years ago it was like something was giving the land a violent shaking.
I think the only natural disaster I have never experienced was a tornado. I have survived blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires, in all the 51 years I have spent upon this planet Earth.

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