Daredevils Inspect National Cathedral Damage

Emma Cardini and Katie Francis, members of the Difficult Access Team from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, began rappelling down a 234-foot tower at the front of the cathedral shortly after 1 p.m. The engineers are looking for damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the nation's capital on Aug. 23.

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Emma Cardini, a member of the Difficult Access Team from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, uses rappelling ropes to scale down the north tower on the west front of the National Cathedral while looking for damage from August's magnitude 5.8 earthquake and high winds from Hurricane Irene.
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Katie Francis joined Cardini on the cathedral.
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The DAT members used cameras, cell phones and iPads to record places on the cathedral's west front where damage was apparent.
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