Cathedral Repairs Estimated to Take 10 Years

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013  |  Updated 7:29 PM EDT
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Officials say it could take about 10 years to fully repair the damage to the National Cathedral caused by an earthquake two years ago. News4's Pat Collins has the story.

Pat Collins

Officials say it could take about 10 years to fully repair the damage to the National Cathedral caused by an earthquake two years ago. News4's Pat Collins has the story.

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Officials estimate repairs made to the National Cathedral after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in 2011 to be completed in 10 years.

The quake hit Aug. 23, 2011, causing major damage to the cathedral, especially to its ornate spires and finials.

Damages are estimated to cost $26 million -- so far, the cathedral has raised $10 million, including $100,000 it won in a social media contest earlier this year.

Artisans will spend years making detailed repairs to the cathedral's buttresses and other ornate details.

“I imagine the last thing we’ll do is place the final finial stone on top of the central tower and that perhaps will be 10 years from now," National Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said.

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