When earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters hits nothing is safe. After this week’s earthquake that rocked the DC area, the national monuments in Washington, DC were shut down to check for structural damage. So far the only monument that suffered any damage is the Washington monument and the damage is worse than original reported. See pics of the damage and read more details after the jump.


Shortly after the rare 5.8 earthquake in Virginia rattled Washington D.C. Tuesday, a Park Service spokesman said there was “absolutely no damage” to the Washington Monument.

A more thorough assessment discovered a crack in the landmark. Not long after, additional damage was found, including three or four “significant” cracks.

The monument has been closed indefinitely for further inspection and repairs, which will take at least a few weeks, according to The Washington Times.

Robert Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial, said in a statement: “The Washington Monument is one of America’s most important landmarks, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that it is restored completely and correctly.”

The monument was not the only structure affected. The National Cathedral sustained damage worth an estimated millions in repairs.