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Engineers inspect Washington monument for damage following earthquake

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Security guards and a U.S. Park ranger stand on the temporary fence circling the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall on August 24 in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument will remain indefinitely closed after Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude East Coast earthquake left cracks near the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.

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Engineers take measurements at the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall on August 24 in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument will remain indefinitely closed after Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude East Coast earthquake left cracks near the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.

 For more on the aftermath of the earthquake that shook parts of the east coast click here.