Today, the National Cathedral was the only building that suffered significant structural damage as a result of the earthquake. The tip of the cathedral’s spire crashed onto the steps on Pilgrim Road. Three of the four pinnacles of the central tower are down, as well. Maybe God is trying to send a message?
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The Blaze (H/T Ted & Margaret) Joan Lindsey of Leesburg, Va., was visiting the cathedral with her husband and was inside when the quake struck. “We were down in the lower level, the entire walls started to move, the walls were gyrating, bookcases rattling and almost tipped,” she told The Blaze. Things were falling from the ceiling, she said, estimating there were about 30 people in the cathedral with them.
There were big chunks of limestone that fell off [as we got outside],” she said. She saw five or six pieces coming down around her as they evacuated, one landing less than a foot away. Most were about the size of a baseball, though one was almost 12 inches in length.
Craig Stapert, spokesman for the cathedral, said they still don’t know the extent of the damage. For now, he confirmed the top finial — as seen in the first photo from the scene — is missing. He also said there are cracks around the building and that their stone mason has been out to survey. An architect and structural engineer will perform their own assessments tomorrow.