Terrifying Video From Inside the Washington Monument During the D.C. Quake

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    Sep 27, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    The video has embedding disabled, so you have to click to see it.

    http://youtu.be/aGrKho1z8Sk

    The National Park Service has released some security footage from last month's DC earthquake, and it is absolutely terrifying. The scene goes from laid-back texting park ranger to full-on panic in about five seconds flat.

    The Washington Monument was cracked by the 5.8 magnitude quake., and the Washington Post now reports the elevator was also damaged. So what do you think, snooty, Earthquake-jaded Californians? Does this count as a "real earthquake" now?

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    Sep 27, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    Well shit, that guard didn't waste time to get down those stairs before anyone else icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 27, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidWell shit, that guard didn't waste time to get down those stairs before anyone else icon_rolleyes.gif


    Hard to say. She may well have been out of shot guiding (and shouting) people down the stairs.
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    Sep 27, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    How fast could YOU run down 55 flights of stairs!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_monument

    "The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss,[1] is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5+1⁄8 inches (169.294 m).[n 1] There are taller monumental columns, but they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.[n 2] It is also the tallest structure in Washington D.C. It was designed by Robert Mills, an architect of the 1840s. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death. It officially opened October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world's tallest structure, a title previously held by the Cologne Cathedral. The monument held this designation until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, France."

    TODAY! "On September 27, 2011, Denali National Park ranger Brandon Latham will rappell down the side of the monument to further inspect the exterior.[46] He will be assisted by four climbers belonging to a "difficult access" team from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates.[47] The reason for the unique inspection is the park agency's suspicion that there are more cracks on the monument's upper section which they are not seeing from the inside. The agency said it filled the cracks which occurred on August 23. But after Hurricane Irene hit the D.C. area on August 27, water was discovered inside the memorial, leading the Park Service to suspect there was yet more undiscovered damage.[46] The rappellers will use radios to report what they find to engineering experts on the ground.[49] The inspection and assessment of the exterior is expected to take about five days.[49]"