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Washington Monument, Cathedral damaged by quake (The History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from The History Blog:

Washington National Cathedral pinnaclesThe 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia yesterday caused some damage to historical monuments in Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument, the National Cathedral and the Smithsonian Castle have all been closed for the time being as experts assess the full extent of the damage. So far it appears that none of the buildings have structural damage but the jury is still out, and even little bits and pieces of decorative masonry could harm visitors if it falls on them.

Washington National Cathedral pinnacle askewThat’s not an outlandish prospect, either. A finial atop one of the four main spires (known as pinnacles) on the roof ...

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