Quake damages temple spires


A magnitude 5.8 earthquake, which struck Virginia and surrounding areas Aug. 23, caused 'minor damage' to the Washington DC Temple.

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," he said. "The temple remains operational."

Area resident Douglas Wiggins said 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 four corner spires sustaining damage in the earthquake that was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va.