WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Monument in Washington, DC is finally getting repaired after suffering extensive damage in an earthquake almost two years ago. A warning, the helmet cam video of the repairs may make you dizzy.
The monument has been closed to tourists ever since the 5.8 quake in nearby Virginia caused it to shake so violently cracks developed. Some cracks are so wide, you can see daylight coming through.
But the main repairs, being done by the National Park Service, had to wait until scaffolding could be erected all the way up the monument. It was finally topped off this week. It's scheduled to re-open next spring.
The Washington Monument is the tallest free-standing masonry structure in the world.
The $15 million repair project is being funded by the government and a $7.5 million donation from a local businessman/philanthropist.
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