Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Washington Monument Is Almost Certainly Not Leaning - National - The Atlantic Wire: Amid reports of spotty cellphone service and "localized casualties," Tuesday's earthquake gave rise to a completely fantastic rumor that slowly seems to be gaining merit -- or at least earnest investigation: That the Washington Monument was tilting to one side. About 45 minutes after the 1:51 p.m. quake, Fox News started reporting that it had gotten reports the Washington Monument was leaning. "Megyn Kelly just shared word that a D.C. police officer told a Fox News producer that there is concern that the Washington Monument may tilting following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake," Fox News Insider reported. The Washington Times picked up the story, and Twitter immediately seized on it as one of the most fascinating (if unbelievable) reports of the day.
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