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.


Emma Cardini, right, and Dan Gach are part of the team of inspectors examining each stone of the Washington Monument. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

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.