National Cathedral earthquake damages in the millions


The August 23 earthquake that rocked the region caused damages to the National Cathedral that are expected to cost in the tens of millions. The cathedral has been closed since the quake, with crews currently devoted to stabilizing the building so that it can reopen Nov. 12. Damage was concentrated on the central and west front towers, with three of the four pinnacles on the main tower broken.

Officials plan to raise $15 million for earthquake repairs and another $10 million to go towards operating expenses through 2012. During the shutdown, worship services and events have been moved to alternate sites in the area.


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