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Engineers will determine the best way to repair cracks on the Washington Monument Wednesday, a day after a 5.8-magnitude temblor hit the area.

The quake struck about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia but it was felt from Georgia to northern New England.

The National Park Service said inspectors found cracking in the stones at the top of the Washington Monument.

No major injuries or extensive damage were reported but the quake prompted evacuations of office buildings, the precautionary closing of monuments in the nation’s capital and affected a nuclear power plant in Virginia.

Most federal buildings in Washington had reopened by late Tuesday afternoon, but officials were taking all precautions before giving the all-clear to some of its most iconic structures.

The U.S. Capitol was cleared for employees to come back to get their belongings, but inspectors asked people to limit their time inside the building while engineers continue to work around the complex.

The quake, which was recorded at 1:51 p.m., was shallow — just 3.7 miles deep — and located 88 miles southwest of Washington near the town of Mineral, Virginia.

With so many on the East Coast unaccustomed to earthquakes, many people were left wondering whether all that rumbling could have been caused by a truck, helicopter, an explosion or some other force.

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article courtesy of CNN.com

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