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Engineers Inspect Washington Monument

The Washington Monument remains closed to visitors after last month's earthquake. On Tuesday, engineers checked the top of the obelisk for cracks.

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Dan Gach looks down from the hatch.
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Emma Cardini and Dan Gach with a spall from the Washington Monument.
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Erik Sohn on the wall.
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Katie Francis on the wall.
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Erik Sohn takes a photograph of the wall.
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Erik Sohn removes loose mortar.
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Megerle outside the Washington Monument.
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Katie Francis radios her ground crew.
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Katie Francis and Emma Cardini working on a section of the monument.
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Erik Sohn on the wall of the monument.
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Emma Cardini preparing to go to work.
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Erik Sohn looking in from outside.
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Megerle pulls in a debris bag.
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Megerle looking out the window of the Washington Monument.
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Daniel Gach and Emma Cardini inspecting the exterior of the Washington Monument.
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David Megerie inspects the exterior of the Washington Monument for earthquake damage.
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Dan Gach inspecting the exterior of the Washington Monument.
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: An engineer begins the process of conducting a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument while suspended by ropes September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service has closed the landmark in the nation's capital indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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