The Earthquake Cracked The Washington Monument

America's most prized and famous phallic architectural achievement was indeed damaged by yesterday's quake. It's not leaning, but a helicopter inspection revealed something else: broken stones. The obelisk is now shut down indefinitely, Politico reports.

National Park officials say the structural damage was found "at the very, very top", so it's unlikely the tower itself is in any sort of foundational trouble. Crews will begin devising a repair plan tomorrow, but both the monument and a 30m radius around it are closed to the public. Which is probably a good idea — those giant chunks of rock tend to hurt if they come crashing 170m down. [Politico and CNNThanks Rosa!]

Photo: Ed Schipul

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