Last week I was in Washington DC helping my son move to American University when we were caught in the 5.8 earthquake that rattled the whole East coast. Washington was only 87 miles north of the epicenter at Mineral, Virginia. Strangely not much damage and only minor injuries were reported, but many people particularly in the malls and tall buildings were startled. It was very strange indeed as we exited DC, didn't know what other quakes might be coming, how many thousands of employees were outside the buildings waiting for the green light to reenter and resume work.
Below are some photographs of the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument, the two most damaged buildings during the earthquake. I added some notations on the photographs to guide you in seeing what damage was done. Both locations are still closed and the Washington Monument will remain closed until further notice.
This event could have been so much more tragic and we should consider ourselves fortunate to have dodged major damage to our national treasures and huge loss of life.
I realize this is a little different kind of post than I am normally accustomed to but I thought you would like to see up close the damage done to our very important landmarks that I admire every time I go to DC, one of my very favorite cities in the world!
Blessings my friends,