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Earthquake Repairs Continue at Washington Monument, National Cathedral

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Scaffolding is set up 60 feet over the floor inside the National Cathedral as crews prepare to make repairs caused by the earthquake two years ago. (Credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Scaffolding is set up 60 feet over the floor inside the National Cathedral as crews prepare to make repairs caused by the earthquake two years ago. (Credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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Photos: D.C. Earthquake Damage

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The earthquake that rocked the D.C. metro area two years ago has left the Washington Monument and National Cathedral with years worth of repairs.

The 5.8-magnitude quake, which shook the region two years ago Friday, caused $15 million in damage to the Monument and a staggering $26 million to the Cathedral.

“The Cathedral building sustained a tremendous amount of damage during that earthquake,” said Andrew Hullinger, senior director for finance and administration at the Cathedral.

The building is structurally sound, but there’s considerable damage to the interior — small cracks and chips — that could take up to 18 months to repair.

Scaffolding has been set up inside the building 60 feet above the Cathedral floor for crews to clean the glass, remove stains, and repair any small cracks that may have been formed after the earthquake.

Service schedules and planned events at the Cathedral will not be stopped due to the construction.

Hullinger said the Cathedral has raised about $10 million to date.

In speaking to WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick, one man, who was near the monument when the earthquake occurred, said the reverberating sound was reminiscent of an Army tank rolling down the street.

Visitors and employees were still inside when the ground shook beneath the 555-foot centerpiece on the National Mall.

Like the Cathedral, cracked stones still decorate the interior and exterior of the monument, which has been closed to visitors for two years.

Repairs are expected to finish in the spring of 2014.

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon and Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow them and WNEW on Twitter.

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