It took nearly three years and $15 million to do it but Monday, the Washington Monument is once again open to the public.
Another setback for an American treasure—the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Two years after an earthquake cracked and crumbled parts of the structure, the cost of repairs has grown to $26 million.
A seismic assessment of the Washington Monument has concluded that it’s “extremely unlikely” another earthquake in the next two millennia will damage the monument any more than last year’s 5.8-magnitude quake.
Imagine the terror felt by tourists inside at the very top of the Washington Monument on that quiet summer afternoon when the earth shook.
Last month’s earthquake destroyed several buildings in Highlandtown. One of them was home to a man who’d lived there for 91 years.