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Washington Monument to Reopen after Nearly 3 Years

Image: Washington Monument to Reopen after Nearly 3 Years Workers take down fencing around the Washington Monument after repairs from earthquake damage neared completion on May 8.

The Washington Monument, one of the US capital's most recognizable sights, was to reopen Monday, three years after sustaining damage from a rare earthquake.

The popular tourist attraction is the US capital city's tallest building at 555 feet (170-meters).

The obelisk, built in honor of the first US president, George Washington, was closed after engineers found 150 cracks in the structure following a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the neighboring state of Virginia in August 2011.

The structure was covered in scaffolding for months on end as the landmark underwent $15 million in repairs, half of which was funded by a private citizen.

"This enduring spirit of public-private partnerships has made it possible for visitors to once again enjoy the Monument and its unmatched view of Washington" said US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement.

Jewell will attend a reopening ceremony attended by US celebrities, with accompaniment by the United States Navy Band.

Public tours recommence after the ceremony, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, officials said.

The Washington Monument, completed in 1885, is located in the middle of the National Mall, between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.

The 2011 quake rattled a large swathe of the US East Coast, a region not usually prone to earthquakes.

It was centered in Louisa County, northwest of Richmond, and also caused significant damage to Washington's National Cathedral.

 

 

© AFP 2015

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