BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Dangerously damaged. A team of engineers releases its report on the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. rocked by an earthquake in September. And the results are disturbing.

Kai Jackson has a closer look at what’s wrong with our national treasure.

A 35-page report says the Washington Monument is cracked and chipped and needs major repair work. That’s the recommendation of an engineering study commissioned by the National Park Service.

“I think the person working there has some steel nerves,” said a witness to the Washington Monument’s rapelling following the earthquake.

The monument was damaged August 23 by an earthquake, centered 92 miles south of Washington D.C. in Mineral, Va.

At 555 feet, the monument is the tallest structure in the nation’s capital.

“The walls of the elevator are metal, so they started to shake,” a park ranger, who was inside the Washington Monument at the time of the quake, said.

After the quake, engineers scaled the outside of the monument, inspecting every nook and cranny, brick by massive brick.

“It’s actually a process that’s used in big wall climbing and places like Yosemite and El Capitan,” another park ranger explains.

Now, that same engineering firm says the earthquake rendered the monument highly vulnerable to water damage.

The report does more than simply outline problems. In it, engineers also recommend solutions that they believe will fix the Washington Monument.

The California-based firm recommends reinforcing cracks, filling them with sealant, replacing loose pieces and shoring up anchors and mortar, and also cleaning and resealing joints.

“It’s wonderful that they do this and that they’re trying to find out what is the trouble up there,” said a spectator.

The report doesn’t state how long the repairs will take or exactly who is going to pay for them. A recent spending bill allocated $7.5 million for the monument to be repaired, but it also requires that the Park Service come up with private donations to match that money.

The earthquake that hit the region was 5.8 in magnitude.

Comments (28)
  1. the mechanic says:

    Let the effin thing fall down, D.C has a love affair with your money & building monuments.

    1. Proud American says:

      You can leave my country now. Bye!

      1. satan says:

        you can kill yourself now, fascist

    2. Chartreuxe says:

      If you bothered to read the article, the repair budget must be funded by private donations. Are you illiterate as well as a penurious sphincter?

      ‘A fool knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.’ Oscar Wilde.

      1. Jason says:

        Apparently you’re the illiterate one, it says that the government funds must be MATCHED by private donations. $7.5 million would still be paid for by the government. I still think it’s worth saving though…

      2. Wilde One says:

        Actually, a cynic knows the cost of everything…

    3. Wesley Brown says:

      totally man peace love and freedom.

    4. ahab says:

      Sad! I didn’t know you were so clueless until you made that stupid post. What a remarkable waste of human cells you are!

    5. Diane Schwartz says:

      If it does fall, could you arrange to be under it at the time?

  2. wyobob says:

    The washington monument is just like congress, it is broken and really needs to be fixed.

  3. Confused says:

    So the Fed provides 20 million for the Arch in St. Louis but only 7.5 million for the Washington Monument and needs private donations to the tune of 7.5 million. The logic is fuzzy at best. When they find our tax dollars please let me know!

  4. Chartreuxe says:

    I for one am grateful this monument can be repaired. It would be dreadful indeed if the tallest structure in the city had to be razed because it was irreparably damaged.

  5. clark says:

    yeah taxe payers money is privete you idiots they say the econmy is bad but 7.5 million dollers is alot of money they should use that to help the poor who gives a f about the stupid washington mon8mnt its just a waste of money

    1. Loki says:

      They should have spent the money teaching you how to communicate more clearly..

  6. Hal says:

    I do…and I’m willing to bet most Americans, rich or poor, do as well. Nice sentence structure, btw, Clark.

  7. SickoftheHouse says:

    Let Trojan buy the naming rights to it for the $7.5M.

    Then it could be “The Phallus Monument”

    1. Chartreuxe says:

      Your comment violates the Wheaton Rule, SickoftheHouse.

  8. Wesley Brown says:

    I agree with the mechanic let the thing fall down. LMAO!!

  9. james stirk says:

    All of the monuments in Washington are national treasures and should be maintained and repaired as necessary.

  10. RAUCHEL says:


  11. Rick D, says:



    Sorry, just adding to the awesome example of holiday spirit, that is this thread.

  12. Matthew H. Owens says:

    The peanut gallery on here is hilarious.

  13. Matthew H. Owens says:

    Happy holidays folks!

  14. stevenabb says:

    The washington monument is boring… It is this big uggly stone tooth pick sticking up out of the ground. Any freshman architect student could draw the thing in 15 minutes… YAWN… let the grey tooth pick fall down and put up an IMPRESSIVE monument.

  15. Tare says:

    Cracked just like our nation, our president, our news agencies, our values…

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