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WJLA, September 29, 2011

Engineers scale the Washington Monument to assess damage from quake

Inspectors rappelled down the Washington Monument on Wednesday in a daredevil exterior inspection of damage from last month's earthquake. The team of two men and two women climbed through windows of an observation deck and a hatch near the top of the 555-foot monument. They used ropes and harnesses to climb up and then slowly rappel down the uppermost portion known as the pyramidion, where they expect to find the most damage.

(Photo: National Park Service | Date: Sep. 27, 2011) of fullscreen mode

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