The Washington Monument remains “structurally sound” and is “not going anywhere,” a top National Park Service official said Monday, announcing the result of a comprehensive assessment of the structure’s interior.
A five-day examination of the monument’s exterior will begin Tuesday, according to Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Four cracks in the monument’s marble were discovered shortly after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast on August 23. The monument has since been closed to the public.
Officials declined to say Monday when the monument will re-open.
Small pools of standing water were found in the monument during inspections following Hurricane Irene, the National Park Service said in late August.
“What happened was a lot of mortar popped out, so much so that you can see sunlight above 450 feet in the monument,” spokeswoman Carol Johnson said at the time.
Source: CNN Wire