Shaken & Stirred

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 12:11pm

Cities along the East Coast survey damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

Inspectors are busy making sure buildings and some national monuments are safe following Tuesday's earthquake.

The temblor rattled nerves from Georgia to Canada, and is being called a once in a century
occurrence for the East Coast.

In Mineral, Virginia, the epicenter of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake, residents and crews are cleaning up tumbled bricks, broken glass and and other damage left behind.

People who felt the quake are still in disbelief it happened here.

"We had about 25 states feel this shaking, so that's rather unique in that regard," notes the US Geological Survey's David Wald.

In Washington, D.C. many federal buildings and public schools are closed today.

The Washington Monument remains shut down until engineers can inspect cracks along the towering landmark.

The National Cathedral saw some of the worst damage.

Three of the four pinnacles of the building's central tower snapped off.

The Capitol Rotunda also sustained damage.

The floor was littered with chunks of plaster that fell from the domed ceiling.

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