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Members of Fife and Drum Corps march during re-opening ceremony for Washington Monument in Washington

Members of the Fife and Drum Corps march during the re-opening ceremony for the Washington Monument in Washington May 12, 2014. The monument was closed in 2011 after it suffered widespread damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake along the East Coast. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY DISASTER)

Washington Monument reopens after nearly 3 years

Yahoo News

The Washington Monument is reopening to the public, 33 months after an earthquake damaged the 130-year-old stone obelisk.

After a morning ceremony, the 555-foot stone monument that was once the tallest structure in the world will reopen to visitors Monday afternoon.

In August 2011, the monument's white marble and mortar were cracked during an unusual 5.8-magnitude earthquake that sent visitors scrambling as debris fell. New exhibits have been installed, and visitors can once again ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in the nation's capital.


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