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Washington Monument To Illuminate As Earthquake Repairs Continue

Posted on: July 8, 2013

CBS Baltimore

WASHINGTON (WJZ)— Making the most of a monument under repair. Two years ago, an earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, closing it off to visitors.

Derek Valcourt shows us the new temporary lights intended to make the Washington monument look better.

Park rangers say this scaffolding is going to be here for a while so the new lighting was designed to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.

With a flip of the switch, the Washington Monument got a new night time look, thanks to 480 lights hitting a blue scrim specially designed to match the pattern in the landmark’s stonework.

The scaffolding is necessary to repair the cracked stones and loosened mortar from 2011’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked ground in the mid-Atlantic and violently shook the 555 foot tall monument with tourists and park rangers still inside.

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“It was absolutely terrifying,” said Park Ranger…

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