AFTER THE JUMP, disturbing footage from the immediate aftermath of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Eastern Turkey today, toppling at least 25 apartment buildings, a student dormitory, a "health services" building, and part of a hospital in the lakeside town of Ercis, and several large buildings in downtown Van, the provincial capital.
The National Park Service today released video shot by surveillance cameras inside the Washington Monument as the East Coast earthquake struck on August 23, sending dust and debris plummeting from above. Not somewhere you would want to be.
Watch as frightened tourists head down the stairs, AFTER THE JUMP...
Michele Bachmann Says Earthquake, Hurricane are God's Punishment to Politicians in Washington: VIDEO
At campaign stops in Florida, Michele Bachmann said that the recent east coast earthquake and Hurricane Irene are God's punishment to politicians in Washington who aren't listening.
"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."
At another stop in Orlando, Bachmann said:
Washington D.C., you'd think by now they'd get the message. An earthquake. A hurricane. Are you listening? The American people have done everything they can. Now it's time for an act of God and we're getting it. (clip)
Watch Bachmann's Sarasota remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...
NOM Rabbi Yehuda Levin Blames Earthquake on Gays, Claims Direct Link Between Quakes and Homosexuality: VIDEO
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, an ally of the National Organization for Marriage who last month blamed the murder of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy on the passage of marriage equality in NY, has posted a new video in which he claims yesterday's earthquake on the east coast was because God is angry about homosexuality.
Says Levin: "We saw today an earthquake. The Jerusalem Talmud tells us that one of the reasons that God brings earthquakes to the world is because of the transgressions of homosexuality. The Talmud states, 'You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn't belong. I too, will shake the earth.'"
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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:
"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."
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...