Hurricane Irene uncovered more cracks in the Washington Monument, which developed four cracks following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia on Aug. 23.

The 550-foot obelisk has been closed since the quake. Engineers sealed the cracks before Hurricane Irene but discovered standing water on stairwells near the top of the monument after the storm.

The National Park Service said the monument “remains structurally sound and is not going anywhere,” but there is no timeline on when the monument will reopen to the public.

The Washington National Cathedral, also closed since the quake damaged three corner spires, will reopen on Sept. 11 even though repairs will be ongoing.


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