Earthquake Damage: Botany Library

Photo: James DiLoreto, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
August 26, 2011
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Photo: James DiLoreto, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Seven ranges of shelving involving about 10,000 volumes collapsed toward the windows of the Botany and Horticulture Library at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History as a result of the Aug. 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, bending the steel shelving beyond repair.