Washington Monument cracked in earthquake
In fact, the historic Washington Monument did suffer some damage. Passengers in an airplane flying over the National Mall spotted a crack near the top of the 555-foot tall stone obelisk. The Park Service has closed the monument for an indefinite period while the damage is repaired.
Also damaged was the Smithsonian Institution, located near the Monument on the Mall. Broken glass and cracks in the building, which is over 150 years old, forced a closure there, too. The Smithsonian Museums, however, remain open to tourists. Public schools have also closed for inspection, extending summer vacation just a bit longer.