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Washington Monument reopening after earthquake

The White House in Washington, DC, and the Washington Monument are pictured on April 7, 2011. The monument was closed for repairs for 33 months following a 5.8 earthquake.
The White House in Washington, DC, and the Washington Monument are pictured on April 7, 2011. The monument was closed for repairs for 33 months following a 5.8 earthquake.
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The Washington Monument is reopening to the public, 33 months after an earthquake damaged the 130-year-old stone obelisk.

After a morning ceremony, the 555-foot stone monument that was once the tallest structure in the world will reopen to visitors Monday afternoon.

In August 2011, the monument's white marble and mortar were cracked during an unusual 5.8-magnitude earthquake that sent visitors scrambling as debris fell. New exhibits have been installed, and visitors can once again ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in the nation's capital.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis Monday. After that, visitors must reserve tickets online, but they're already booked into June. The National Park Service is offering extended hours through the summer.