US marks eight years since Virginia's strong earthquake

The earthquake was felt as far away as in Canada, shaking buildings, delaying flights, and sending thousands of frightened workers into the streets.

    Eight years ago, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit the US state of Virginia, southwest of Washington, DC.

    It shook the American capital so strongly that it cracked the Washington Monument and caused $20m of damage to the National Cathedral.

    Today, stonemasons are still repairing the Gothic stonework the earthquake shook loose.


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