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Cracks Found in Washington Monument Following Earthquake


The National Park Service has found cracking in the top of the Washington Monument during inspections following today's 5.9 earthquake, NBC Washington reports:

Monument "The cracking in the Monument was discovered during a secondary inspection. Structural engineers will evaluate the cracks Wednesday and determine how to repair them before the Monument is reopened. The grounds have reopened except for an area of about 100 feet outside of the plaza. The Lincoln and Jefferson memorials reopened at about 7:20 p.m...The NPS said it is evaluating the structures to ensure that they are structurally sound and safe for all visitors. Agency spokesman Jeffrey Olson had told the AP that there was 'absolutely no damage' to the Washington Monument, contrary to media reports elsewhere that it was leaning."

Earlier today:

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly reported around 2:30 pm that their bureau received information from a producer that a Captiol Hill Police officer said the Washington Monument may actually be tilting as a result of the earthquake.

Seismologist John Rundle joined Kelly on her show and confirmed that the Washington Monument could very well be tilting as a result of the earthquake and the structure should be checked out.

In related news, cracks may also be found in the legitimacy of this auto shop commercial quake video, which the AP appears to think is real, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Note: stilted dialogue gets more humorous with repeated viewings)

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  1. Clearly, the lord Jesus god is punishing America for gay marriage. We homos are, therefore, responsible for this latest rebuke from the Almighty!

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 23, 2011 11:15:14 PM

  2. megyn kelly? really?

    Posted by: deedrdo | Aug 23, 2011 11:19:12 PM

  3. I think "God" is punishing us for Sarah Palin, George Bush, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry...

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Aug 23, 2011 11:22:51 PM

  4. If it is God, he's got a bad aim. The epicenter was in Virginia, the Not for Lovers State. But aside from that, who believes anything Fox says anymore?

    Posted by: prophet | Aug 24, 2011 12:02:30 AM

  5. WalMart it the reason. We all are doomed

    Posted by: leswhite | Aug 24, 2011 12:48:20 AM

  6. I read the title as "Crack found in washington monument..."

    I thought that someone was hiding some crack in the WA monument and the earthquake "exposed" the crack!! haha sorry, had to share.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 24, 2011 2:02:44 AM

  7. This is what happens when prideful christians use religion to justify hatred. Lets try spreading that one.

    Posted by: Scot | Aug 24, 2011 3:25:02 AM

  8. Thhia is good article!NIce video)

    Posted by: custom essay | Aug 24, 2011 4:03:57 AM

  9. NPR is reporting that spires fell from the National Cathedral in DC. God's message could not be clearer: separation of church and state.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 24, 2011 7:45:33 AM

  10. I'm with Anastasia on this one - separate church and state!!!

    Posted by: John | Aug 24, 2011 8:36:20 AM

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