Washington Monument's Elevator Damaged in Earthquake

September 26, 2011 Updated Sep 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM EDT

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Washington Monument's Elevator Damaged in Earthquake

September 26, 2011 Updated Sep 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM EDT

The National Park Service said Monday that last month's 5.8-magnitude earthquake that centered in Virginia damaged the elevator system inside the Washington Monument, according to the Washington Post.

The elevator system is only operating to about the halfway point of the 555-foot tall landmark, according to the Post story.

National Park Service officials also plan to bring in engineers to conduct a closer examination of the monument's exterior by rappelling down the sides, according to the report. The park service has spent more than $200,000 to inspect the monument so far, according to the Post.

Watch video and read the Washington Post story HERE.