The August 23rd earthquake that hit the East coast did quite a bit of

damage in the Washington D.C. area including to the Washington Monument which remains closed for repairs. They knew there was some damage to the monument, but closer inspections revealed more serious damage than previously thought as a result of the 5.8 magnitude quake. Yesterday, the monument was declared structurally sound, but there is no timetable on re-opening the monument. A just released, never before seen video shows what was going on inside the monument at the time the quake hit. The video is grainy, but you can see falling debris as tourists scramble down a staircase to safety. This video is quite dramatic and you can see it here.