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Washington Monument Reopening After Earthquake

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(AP Photo). Steven Avila, an Interior Department employee, carries a Washington Monument costume as he arrives at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. (AP Photo). Steven Avila, an Interior Department employee, carries a Washington Monument costume as he arrives at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening.
(AP Photo). Vicki Dixon, an Interior Department employee, right, helps her colleague Steven Avila, with his Washington Monument costume at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. (AP Photo). Vicki Dixon, an Interior Department employee, right, helps her colleague Steven Avila, with his Washington Monument costume at the Washington Monument in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Monument is reopening to the public, 33 months after an earthquake damaged the 130-year-old stone obelisk.

After a morning ceremony, the 555-foot stone monument that was once the tallest structure in the world will reopen to visitors Monday afternoon.

In August 2011, the monument's white marble and mortar were cracked during an unusual 5.8-magnitude earthquake that sent visitors scrambling as debris fell. New exhibits have been installed, and visitors can once again ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in the nation's capital.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis Monday. After that, visitors must reserve tickets online, but they're already booked into June. The National Park Service is offering extended hours through the summer.

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