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earthquake washington monument 8 24 2011

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Cracks were found in the wake of Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
Engineers are rappelling down the Washington Monument to check for quake damage.
David Rubenstein donated $7.5 billion to the damaged Washington Monument.
earthquake washington monument 8 24 2011

A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument shortly after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the U.S. east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.

Mandel Ngan