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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Inspections completed on two sides of Monument

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
Emma Cardini, right, and Dan Gach are part of the team of inspectors examining each stone of the Washington Monument. (Marvin Joseph - WASHINGTON POST)
king to inspect every stone in the 555-foot monument’s marble exterior.

The monument is closed indefinitely, in the wake of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region August 23.

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.

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