At 555 feet above Washington, the work begins.
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September 27, 2011 They're engineers. They're interested in rock-climbing. They don't mind being uncomfortable. And they've been dangling from the sides of the 555-foot Washington Monument.
September 27, 2011 Work has begun to have engineers examine, up close, the sides of the Washington Monument to inspect for damage from the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook much of the eastern U.S. There's live video.
Visitors near the top of the Washington Monument headed for the stairs as it rocked back and forth. Debris was falling inside.
National Park Service
September 26, 2011 Surveillance cameras captured the drama as the monument shook — and shook. Debris started to fall as a ranger ushered visitors to the stairs. The monument remains closed.
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