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National Cathedral Falling Short Of Earthquake Fundraising Goals

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington National Cathedral is hoping to raise $100,000 by Thursday to pay for damages sustained in an earthquake that rattled the mid-Atlantic last year.

As of Wednesday afternoon, however, the “Restore the Glory” campaign had only received $33,000 in contributions, well short of its goal.

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the earthquake which cracked the Cathedral’s pinnacles, flying buttresses and gargoyles.

Experts say the landmark was especially hard hit by the tremor due to its height. Energy waves from an earthquake travel upward from a building’s foundation causing the higher points to rattle more.

At 300 feet, the central tower is the highest point in D.C.

In total, the Cathedral sustained a total of $20 million in damage.

The epicenter of the 5.8 earthquake was located in near Louisa, Va. in the central part of the state.

Donations may be submitted on the Cathedral’s website.

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