On this day: August 23

POSTED: 2:54 PM Aug 22 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 23 2015

King George gets fed up with the rebelling colonies, a silent film legend passes away, the Earth is ready for its closeup, and an earthquake jolts D.C., all on this day.

OTD August 23 - DC earthquake
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2011: A 5.8 earthquake occurs in Mineral, Virginia, with the quake felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia. The resulting damage, including that done to buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C., was estimated at between $200 million and $300 million. Pictured are workers inspecting the outside of the Washington Monument, which was closed indefinitely after being damaged in the earthquake. It reopened on May 12, 2014.


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