Earthquake Damage: Cracks in the Castle

Photo: Mark Avino, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
August 25, 2011
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Photo: Mark Avino, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle") sustained localized damages in the east wing during the Aug. 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, including cracking of the eight chimneys and decorative turrets on the roof. Teams were deployed to secure them in order to avoid further damage from anticipated Hurricane Irene in the days following the earthquake.