Friday, October 17, 2014

Photos on Friday: Post-earthquake repairs on the Washington Monument

On Aug. 23, 2011 the East Coast felt an unusual level of earthquake activity, its epicenter was in Mineral, Va., about 90 miles from Washington, D.C. It really shook the entire Capital region with its 5.8 magnitude, and had caused damage to many landmarks and other properties.

I actually missed it all as I was out in West Virginia that day tubing on the river from Harper's Ferry with family and friends. When we came out of the water, we learned the news that had happened less than an hour earlier. While we missed the actual shaking, the effects in the earthquake's aftermath were very visible. 

Today's Photos on Friday shows the repair work in stages done on the Washington Monument. Work was completed earlier this year and, after almost three years of being fenced off, this past May visitors were allowed back inside.

Taken in March 2013, you can see the scaffolding being erected
Taken in May 2013
Image taken during the Cherry Blossom Festival in April 2014. The scaffolding was removed and the monument would soon be open to the public once again. 

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