Earthquake Damage Closes Washington Monument

A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument
A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument
A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument shortly after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes a photo of a Parks Police helicopter inspecting  the Washington Monument
A man takes a photo of a Parks Police helicopter inspecting the Washington Monument
A man takes a photo of a Parks Police helicopter inspecting the Washington Monument shortly after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011.One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A police car is seen infront of the Washington Monument
A police car is seen infront of the Washington Monument
A police car is seen infront of the Washington Monument shortly after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground. The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument
A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument
A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument on August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC, shortly after a 5.9 Richter earthquake struck iin the neighboring state of Virginia. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
5.8  Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: A U.S. Park Police mounted officer chases a bicyclist away from the area surrounding the Washington Monument after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
5.8  Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: A helicopter flies closely to the Washington Monument to survey its exterior for damage after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
5.8  Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: Tourists look on a helicopter flies closely to the Washington Monument to survey its exterior for damage after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
5.8  Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: A helicopter flies closely to the Washington Monument to survey its exterior for damage after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
5.8  Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: People skirt the area surrounding the Washington Monument after police closed it after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
5.8  Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: U.S. Park Police work to keep people away from the area surrounding the Washington Monument after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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