'Minor damage' to D.C. Temple in earthquake

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 24 2011 7:00 a.m. MDT

KENSINGTON, MD. — Tuesday's earthquake caused "minor damage" to the Washington, D.C., Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said the temple's spires and facade were damaged during the earthquake.

"There was no damage to the temple interior and no injuries were reported," Trotter said. "The temple remains operational."

Area resident Douglas Wiggins told the LDS Church News that the tips broke off of four of the temple's six spires. The tip on one of the remaining two spires was bent.

In nearby Washington, D.C., the National Cathedral experienced similar impact, with its central tower and three of its four corner spires sustaining damage in the earthquake that registered a magnitude 5.8 and was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.

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