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Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake

Engineers start repair work on obelisk built in US capital to commemorate country's first president

Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
Security guards and a U.S. Park ranger stand on the temporary fence circling the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall August 24, 2011 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
An engineer takes photographs of the Washington Monument on the National Mall August 24, 2011 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
A US Park Police officer helps engineers enter the Washington Monument on the National Mall August 24, 2011 in Washington, DC
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
The Washington Monument will remain indefinitely closed after Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude East Coast earthquake left cracks near the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk. (Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, DC, built to commemorate the first US president, General George Washington (AFP/Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
The east face of the Washington Monument is seen on August 24, 2011 in Washington, DC, a day after a large earthquake struck the region (AFP/Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss,is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk (AFP/Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
A strong earthquake rattled the US East Coast on Tuesday, sending tremors as far as Canada, damaging well-known buildings in the nation's capital and sending scared office workers into the streets (Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
There were no reports of major damage or serious injuries from the 5.8 magnitude quake, which was centered in Mineral, Virginia (Getty Images)
Cracks found in Washington Monument after earthquake
It was the largest quake in Virginia since 1897 and struck at a shallow depth, increasing its potency. The Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated in Washington, and thousands of alarmed workers scurried into the streets up and down the East Coast as the lunchtime quake sent items crashing down from store and office shelves (Getty Images)