Engineers finished inspecting the marble exterior of the Washington Monument for earthquake damage Wednesday, and a supervisor said most of the cracks and chips were found near the top of the 550-foot structure.
Daniel J. Lemieux, an architect with the firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., which has been conducting the inspection, said the external examination was completed about 9:45 am.
Lemieux’s team, using mountain-climbing gear, has been examining each exterior stone in the monument to check for damage. The monument is closed indefinitely in the wake of the 5.8 magnitude Aug. 23 earthquake.
Moderate damage has been found, mostly near the top, because the tip of the monument was the part that shook the most. Lemieux said the National Park Service must now decide on a timetable for repairs. The inspection began last week.