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Engineers to rappel down Washington Monument to inspect damage

The Chicago Tribune, 27 September 2011
Publié le : 27 septembre 2011
 Molly O'Toole 
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of engineers is set to rappel down the Washington Monument on Tuesday -- in what officials said was thought to be a first -- to assess damage from a rare earthquake and wet weather that struck the eastern area of the United States this summer. "The 555-foot-plus high obelisk has been closed to the public since the August 23 quake. ""It's structurally sound and not going anywhere," said Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, standing below the monument Monday. The monument, finished in 1884, sustained cracks more than an inch wide during the 5.8 magnitude quake in August, exposing it to both sky and weather, with significant amounts of water from Hurricane Irene and summer storms entering and causing damage, according to the National Park Service." Read on...
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