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Lunch break quake

2011 News of the Year | East Coast earthquake causes damage to Washington Monument

Issue: "2011 News of the Year," Dec. 31, 2011

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook cities from Ontario to Alabama just as the lunch hour was ending along the East Coast on Aug. 23. The tremor rattled nerves but only caused minor damage (including structural damage closing the Washington Monument), compared to the destruction and death tolls that resulted from quakes in Japan, India, Turkey, and New Zealand.

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