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FNC reports Washington Monument may be tilting from quake jolt
The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2011 | Kerry Picket

Posted on 08/23/2011 12:19:44 PM PDT by markomalley

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Richmond, Virginia and felt as far as New York City and New England.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly reported at 2:30 pm that their bureau received information from a producer saying that a Captiol Hill Police officer says that the Washington Monument may actually be tilting as a result of the earthquake.

Seismologist John Rundle joined Kelly on her show and confirmed that the Washington Monument could very well be tilting as a result of the earthquake and the structure should be checked out.

Two nuclear reactors have reportedly been taken off line near the epicenter of the earthquake.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: dcearthquake; districtofcolumbia; earthquake; obamasfault; quake; washingtonmonument
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DC is not Pisa...
1 posted on 08/23/2011 12:19:47 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

..and Richmond is not Mineral.


2 posted on 08/23/2011 12:20:46 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: markomalley

Obviously, tilting left


3 posted on 08/23/2011 12:21:21 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: markomalley

It was once malarial swamp land.

In a way, it still is.


4 posted on 08/23/2011 12:21:43 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: markomalley
DC is not Pisa...

The soil is almost as soft and marshy. May need megamovers to straighten it out again. Interesting challenge.

5 posted on 08/23/2011 12:22:20 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: markomalley

DC is Peas-sa.


6 posted on 08/23/2011 12:22:49 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: WayneS

That’s something else that 0bama inherited from Bush, an upright Washington Memorial.


7 posted on 08/23/2011 12:22:53 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: Jeff Chandler

I wasn’t called ‘Foggy Bottom’ for nothing......................


8 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:01 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: markomalley

Ben watching FN and I haven’t heard or seen any reports of that


9 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:11 PM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common)
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To: markomalley

Ben watching FN and I haven’t heard or seen any reports of that


10 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:14 PM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common)
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To: markomalley
Seismologist John Rundle joined Kelly on her show and confirmed that the Washington Monument could very well NOT be tilting as a result of the earthquake and the structure should be checked out. Isn't could be the same as may not be?
11 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 yr right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: Puppage

Unless you go 180deg, then it would be tilting right...all depends on your perspective.


12 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:29 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: markomalley

So? straighten it out!


13 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:44 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: SmithL

>> That’s something else that 0bama inherited from Bush, an upright Washington Memorial.

heh... the LORD works in mysterious ways!


14 posted on 08/23/2011 12:25:03 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Cheetahcat

No doubt obama will soon make a speech blaming the earthquake for our economic difficulties - and refer to it as the George W. Bush Fault.


15 posted on 08/23/2011 12:26:08 PM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: markomalley

USGS - 2.8 aftershock...


16 posted on 08/23/2011 12:26:52 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: FirstFlaBn

“No doubt obama will soon make a speech blaming the earthquake for our economic difficulties - and refer to it as the George W. Bush Fault.”

They are loading the teleprompter now!


17 posted on 08/23/2011 12:29:26 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: markomalley
It is a sign! Repent!
18 posted on 08/23/2011 12:29:27 PM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: COUNTrecount
DC is Peas-sa.

You mean, DC is Ap-Peas-sa.

19 posted on 08/23/2011 12:30:20 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Nervous Tick

The Gods are angry with the Anti-Christ.

Too bad he’s out of town on his monthly vacation.


20 posted on 08/23/2011 12:30:44 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: Cheetahcat

and including the Tea Party to blame for this event...


21 posted on 08/23/2011 12:32:28 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: markomalley
The shame of it all is that in these tight money times, the administration has not set money aside for natural emergencies... they've pretty much obligated it all and there's no rainy day fund.

So, to blame overruns on these disasters is false, false, false!

22 posted on 08/23/2011 12:32:50 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: markomalley

From the Earthquake thread.
 


23 posted on 08/23/2011 12:34:15 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: Puppage

Too funny


24 posted on 08/23/2011 12:34:18 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: God luvs America

“and including the Tea Party to blame for this event...”

Do not forget Sarah Palin!


25 posted on 08/23/2011 12:35:28 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You sure that’s not the Bill Clinton Monument???


26 posted on 08/23/2011 12:36:25 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: markomalley
I'm fighting very much not to joke about Congress and the Obama administration losing their phallic symbol.

(Oops, lost the fight.)

27 posted on 08/23/2011 12:36:36 PM PDT by norton
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To: markomalley

28 posted on 08/23/2011 12:36:47 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
"In view of the recent earthquake and especially in regards to the traditional, conservative, moral, upstanding, positive influence our nation's slave-owning first President had on this country and that this monument glorifies all that we now know to be false. I am instructing Attorney General Holder and Secretary Napalitano to commence with the immediate destruction of this phallic eyesore on the Washington D.C. landscape. Purely, out of concern for the safety of the children of the area and the many that visit the District. No price is too great to pay to pass on only that which my administration values and strives to emulate." / < / Sarcasm >

TS

29 posted on 08/23/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: markomalley

Walter (Jeff Dunham) mused as to whether the Washington Monument may be a tribute to Bill Clinton! Thus, if it’s tilting, it’s probably to the left.


30 posted on 08/23/2011 12:38:07 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: markomalley

Is it tilting LEFT like most of D.C.?????


31 posted on 08/23/2011 12:40:59 PM PDT by blondee123 (Obama-The Wanna-be Dictator!)
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To: markomalley
Signs

32 posted on 08/23/2011 12:41:09 PM PDT by McGruff (a Sarah Palin supporter and proud of it.)
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To: markomalley

OMG JUST A SECOND AGO!!!!

LOLS. Sad that Fox and Drudge are reporting such utter Twitter bullhockey.
33 posted on 08/23/2011 12:41:32 PM PDT by manapua
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To: markomalley

“DC is not Pisa..”

And America will never elect an islamo-marxist Preside...

oh crap...


34 posted on 08/23/2011 12:41:58 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: silverleaf

Everybody relax Shepard Smith is on the case!


35 posted on 08/23/2011 12:46:12 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: DoughtyOne; Two Thirds Vote Aye

As the sides slope at 1 degree as it rises, it is going to take a structural survey with precise equipment to confirm any tilt — a photographic survey won’t provide any true indication.

They renovated it recently and surveyed all the stuctural in-place characteristics.

When it was being finished in the late 1800s after the civil war lull in construction, the workers topping it out were shaken by an earlier earthquake that was felt from there to Ohio.


36 posted on 08/23/2011 12:47:07 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Dr. Ursus

bt


37 posted on 08/23/2011 12:48:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DonkeyBonker

Obama’s taken this country so far down to hell that the devil is rising to claim his throne.


38 posted on 08/23/2011 12:48:31 PM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: markomalley; flaglady47; mickie; seenenuf
They should name this "Earthquake Obama" like "Hurricane Irene".

No doubt in the world he ordered this act of nature so he wouldn't have to come back to D.C. from vacation .

After all, he can part the waters of the sea, so why can't he deliver an earthquake when he needs one?

Leni

39 posted on 08/23/2011 12:49:14 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: Jeff Chandler
"It was once malarial swamp land."

Still infested with bloodsuckers.

40 posted on 08/23/2011 12:52:36 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Kind of gives a whole new meaning to "Bush's fault."
41 posted on 08/23/2011 12:55:32 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: markomalley

The terms “lean” and “Washington, DC” do not go together....


42 posted on 08/23/2011 12:55:53 PM PDT by mikrofon ("Mean" does, tho)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


43 posted on 08/23/2011 12:59:23 PM PDT by onedoug (!)
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To: KC Burke

A two degree change doesn’t sound like much, but if one side is reduce by two to three degrees and the other is increased by that much, it would seem you could perceive it.

Even a two degree change would make one side a three degree positive tilt, with the other side having a negative one degree tilt. I believe that would be perceivable if you were standing at the right angle at the right distance.

If it increased to three or four degrees, it would seem the tilt would be impossible to miss.

As for the exact extent, those measurements you mentioned would be very useful.

Hey, I may be wrong.

Thank you for mentioning the measurements at the restoration and the bit about the original construction timed quake. Interesting stuff.


44 posted on 08/23/2011 1:04:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 yr right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: KC Burke; mickie
"Kinda gives a whole new meaning to "Bush's fault"

FUN-EEEEEE!

FR Witty Post of the Week Award!

(....I would have underlined "fault" like you did, but I don't know how, heheh.....)

Leni

45 posted on 08/23/2011 1:23:09 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Nothing a little Viagra sprayed on wouldn't fix.

Leni

46 posted on 08/23/2011 1:28:28 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: MinuteGal

It is just putting the text between < U > and < /U >, without the spaces I have used to make this appear.


47 posted on 08/23/2011 1:28:28 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke

The San Jacinto monument is bigger and still straight, even after all those years of Bush and Perry governing.

Reminds me of Saving Private Ryan:

“The Statue of Liberty ist kaput!”

“That’s disconcerting.”


48 posted on 08/23/2011 1:36:08 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: DoughtyOne

In looking up a few facts I find:

What is the height of the memorial? 555 feet 5 1/8 inches
Width at base of shaft: 55 feet 1 1/2 inches
Width at top of shaft: 34 feet 5 1/2 inches
Thickness of walls at base of shaft: 15 feet
Thickness of walls at top of shaft: 18 inches
Depth of foundation: 36 feet 10 inches

Weight of the structure: 90,854 tons
What is the monuments sway in 30-mile-per-hour wind: 0.125 of an inch
Material: Marble brought from Maryland
Capstone weight: 3,300 lbs (1.65 tons)
Weight of aluminum tip on capstone: 100 oz (2.8 kg)

Number of Blocks: 36,491
How many steps are in the memorial: 897

This means that each side slopes inward 10’ 4” in its total height by my calculations.

Since it sways an 1/8 of an inch in a 30 mph wind, it has some capacity to rock and despite its mortar-less construction, I imagine there is some stone-to-stone pinning so this isn’t a case where there is no ability to deal with ground movement at all.

The biggest issue would be if the loaded foundation had some earth liquifaction allowing the sub-grade it is founded on move. With a 36 foot deep foundation, I don’t know that it is resting on rock layers with no seams below layers and the like. Think of it as the depth of three to four sub-basement levels tops. It is like a 40 story building (assuming a 14’ floor-to-floor height) in height but so much more narrow.


49 posted on 08/23/2011 1:41:37 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke

Just from arm chair calculations, if one side of the mass foundation settled 8 inches, then that side of the monument would be vertical and the opposite side would rise with a 2 degree inward slope. Once we are past that point, we have some massive underpinning to do — perhaps with counter-weight forces opposite to slow progressive movement.

Paging Pisa structual engineers — plese pick up the shite courtesy phone.


50 posted on 08/23/2011 1:50:24 PM PDT by KC Burke
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