Quake takes a piece out of Treasury building

The building, which sits next to the White House, remains safe to work in, Tangherlini wrote, and none of the debris from the railing seems to have fallen to the street below. Still, the government has closed off a sidewalk outside the building as it looks to evaluate the damage.

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The Treasury building is just a few blocks north of the Washington Monument, which sustained some damage of its own in the earthquake.

And, as Tangherlini noted, the aftershock damage is far from the worst beating the building has taken — it partially burned in 1801, and the British set fire to it during the War of 1812.