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Steven Avila, a Department of Interior employee, wears a Washington Monument costume as he waves at photographers Monday ahead of a ceremony to celebrate the monument's  reopening. The 555-foot obelisk had been closed since August 2011, when a rare magnitude-5.8 earthquake chipped and unsettled some of its granite and marble stones.
Steven Avila, a Department of Interior employee, wears a Washington Monument costume as he waves at photographers Monday ahead of a ceremony to celebrate the monument's reopening. The 555-foot obelisk had been closed since August 2011, when a rare magnitude-5.8 earthquake chipped and unsettled some of its granite and marble stones. AP Photo

Steven Avila, a Department of Interior employee, wears a Washington Monument costume as he waves at photographers Monday ahead of a ceremony to celebrate the monument's  reopening. The 555-foot obelisk had been closed since August 2011, when a rare magnitude-5.8 earthquake chipped and unsettled some of its granite and marble stones.

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