The Washington Monument will remain closed until further notice. Five new cracks were discovered in the monument, in addition to the 1 inch wide, 4 ft long crack pictured above.
Park officials have said there is a major crack at the very top of the Washington Momunent, and have now found five other smaller cracks. The area will be fenced off until repairs can be made. The monument lacks disaster insurance, so funds will likely have to come from an already squeezed federal budget.
The Washington Monument was completed in 1884 and is the world's tallest obelisk, reaching 555 feet. Lining the inside of the monument in the vertical shaft where the eleator and stairs are located are foundation stones from all 50 states. Newer states had the stones installed into the monument.