The National Park Service said Tuesday that inspectors have finished examining the exterior of the east and south sides of the Washington Monument for earthquake damage.
Engineers using mountain-climbing gear have been clambering along the four sides of the monument since last week, see
king to inspect every stone in the 555-foot monument’s marble exterior.
Battling wind, which blew one inspector around over the weekend, the engineers have found cracks and weak spots in the marble and removed soft-ball size chucks that could have come loose. Stiff winds forced the suspension of the examination of the north and west sides Tuesday, the park service said.