WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) -- After saying yesterday afternoon there was "absolutely no damage" to the Washington Monument because of the earthquake, the National Park Service now says engineers have found a crack near the top of the Washington Monument presumably caused by a magnitude-5.8 earthquake that shook the East Coast.
Park service spokesman Bill Line said Tuesday night that structural engineers found the crack where the 555-foot landmark narrows considerably.
He says the monument will be closed indefinitely to keep the public safe.
An outside engineering service will study the crack on Wednesday.
The structure, however, is still not tilting as some initially thought.
The 91,000-ton monument is made of Maryland marble.