Dramatic video from inside Washington Monument during quake [VIDEO]

Paul Conner Executive Editor
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The National Park Service released video Monday from inside the Washington Monument during the August 23 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast.

At the top of the 555-foot monument, visitors, some carrying young children, are seen rushing down the stairs as the camera shakes violently. Small pieces of debris also fall from overhead.

Park Service officials said that the obelisk is “structurally sound” and is “not going anywhere,” the result of a comprehensive interior review, CNN reported Monday.

The monument has remained closed for more than a month since the quake, and officials declined to say when they plan to reopen its interior to the public. Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, explained that a five-day inspection of the monument’s exterior will begin Tuesday.