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Historic landmark reopens for business

The Washington Monument is once again open to the public, three years after it was closed due to earthquake damage. Danielle Leigh reports.
The Washington Monument is once again open to the public, three years after it was closed due to earthquake damage. Danielle Leigh reports.

The Washington Monument, the towering marble-and-concrete tribute to America's first president, has re-opened after being shuttered to the public for nearly three years.

The monument shut down after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Washington area in August 2011 and caused widespread damage to the 555-foot obelisk.

But after 32 months of repairs, the huge cracks that let in daylight and pelting rain have been repaired and sealed, and the elevator providing visitors a quick 70-second ride to the top has been fixed.

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