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Engineers attach part of a pinnacle from the National Cathedral to be lowered by a crane for repairs after the August quake. Total repairs are now expected to cost $20 milion.
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Engineers attach part of a pinnacle from the National Cathedral to be lowered by a crane for repairs after the August quake. Total repairs are now expected to cost $20 milion.

It's been six months since the August earthquake, and the cost to fix the damage at Washington National Cathedral continues to climb. Repairs are expected to run an additional $5 million dollars above the $15 million estimate that initially emerged in the wake of the quake.

On this Ash Wednesday, one thing that is present inside the National Cathedral that wasn't there a year ago is a huge ceiling net. It's meant to protect visitors from falling debris caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

National Cathedral suffered extensive damage to its main tower, and cracked stonework around the building. Spokesman Richard Weinberg says it was initially thought it would cost $15 million to restore, but now the estimate is $20 million.

"It's because the Cathedral is handmade," explains Weinberg. "Every corner of this building, the stones were laid by hand, all of the artistry that you see in here was made by hand."

The cathedral has raised $2 million since the earthquake.

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