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Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Earthquake illustrates colossal challenge of evacuating Washington, D.C.


The Washington Monument is closed to the public following Tuesday’s earthquake. (Matt McClain)
A decade after terrorists targeted the Pentagon, it is unreasonable to think that Washington can be swiftly evacuated if they strike again, evidence and experts agree.

Ironically, two acts of God this year have driven home the point that it is impossible for everyone to leave town in a hurry.

“Not only can it not be done, we should not try it,” said Ron Kirby, transportation planning coordinator for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

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