Washington Monument reopens after three years of repairs following rare earthquake, May 14

14 May 2014

The Washington Monument, one of the US capital's most recognisable sights, is set to re-open on Monday, three years after sustaining damage from a rare earthquake affecting the Us capital. The popular tourist attraction is the city's tallest building at 170-metres. The obelisk, built in honor of the first US president, George Washington, was closed after engineers found 150 cracks in the structure following a 5.8-magnitude quake in the neighboring state of Virginia in August 2011.