Washington Monument's Re-Opening Day

Washington monument gets set to re-open after quake damage, the time lapse tape that tells the tale.
1:55 | 05/10/14

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Finally, we won't forget that day a couple years back, arriving in the nation's capitol on assignment when an earthquake hit, people caught in it in the Washington monument. Reporter: August 23, 2011 and that 5.8 quake, one of the strongest ever on the east coast. The crowd skaepg the train station where we had just arrived from knonew York. The crowd started screaming. All of a sudden everything shook, things fell off the table and then everybody scrambled to the exits. Reporter: Helicopters flying over the damage in the nation's capitol, at the national cathedral, one of the pinnacles sheered off. This was the view inside the Washington monument, tourists trying to get out of the 550 foot tall building, debris shaking on them. This was one of the cracks in the wall of the monument. The national park capturing these images. And the hard part, raring the monument, workers scaling the building to assess the damage, the scalping weighing 550 tons. We watched. 32 months in all, the rare work was intricate. The other time lapse we were all waiting for coming down this spring, and tonight this image, one I captured this past week in Washington, the monument at dawn, and come Monday it will be back open for tourists from all over the country, all over the world who want to climb those 897 steps. The monument back and so will

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