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Washington and New York take stock of earthquake effects

Landmarks and critical infrastructure are being assessed today in Washington DC and New York City, after yesterday’s earthquake shook the iconic cities.

In Washington DC, the Washington National Cathedral sustained “substantial damage” in the earthquake and is currently being assessed by a structural engineer along with its architect and stone mason.

The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and the Old Post Office Tower, also in Washington, were closed “as a precaution”. The National Park Service said a preliminary inspection of the Washington Monument found it to be structurally sound, but it will remain closed “because of its structural complexities” while further structural assesments take place at the four sites.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said there were no reports of significant damage in New York City, and the earthquake caused no major transport or utilities service disruption, although some train services were suspended briefly.

Engineers are inspecting major river crossings, dams and other significant water infrastructure, but Bloomberg said there is no indication of any infrastructure damage so far.

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