(Washington, DC) -- There is damage to the Washington National Cathedral in the nation's capital from today's East Coast earthquake.
A spokesman for the Episcopal cathedral says three spires on its 30-story-high central tower broke off as the magnitude-5.8 quake shook Washington, DC.
He says there also is minor structural damage to the gothic-style cathedral's buttresses and smaller spires.
The masonry structure is closed for the day so it can be inspected.
The cathedral has been the site of state funerals honoring four U.S. presidents and several presidential inaugural prayer services.
There also is a report that the earthquake damaged the Ecuador Embassy in Washington.
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