Washington Monument Earthquake Update

On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., damaging the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Monument and is assessing the damage to it.

Washington Monument Earthquake Repair Project details may be viewed on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. This site contains the results of a seismic assessment.

Visit the Washington Monument Reopening Page for information about the events.


Due to the increase in the number of Videos and Photographs we have created Galleries for them in the Washington Monument Photo and Multimedia area of the site. Please click on the links to take you to them.

Last updated: September 20, 2021

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