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Washington Monument could be closed through 2014
 
Though Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake did little damage across the East Coast, officials did find small cracks in the top of the Washington Monument, which has since been temporarily closed.
Though Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake did little damage across the East Coast, officials did find small cracks in the top of the Washington Monument, which has since been temporarily closed.
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The National Park Service says the Washington Monument could stay closed into 2014 to repair damage from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit last August. The work is expected to cost $15 million and begin in September. It will require that the landmark's exterior be covered in scaffolding. 

 

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