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Washington Monument damage more serious than first thought

The Washington Monument, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the U.S., sustained more damage than was initially thought.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the east coast last month, and surveillance video shows the walls violently shaking, causing debris to fall from the ceiling, leaving visitors running for safety.

Officials say the monument is damaged enough to close the monument indefinitely.

National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel said, "The heaviest damage appears to be concentrated at the very top of the monument, in what is called the pyramidion, where large cracks of up to 1 1/4 inch wide developed through stone and mortar joints."

The park service is still inspecting the exterior of the Washington Monument, and after that they will plug up the cracks to keep water out and winterize the structure.

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