The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 28, 1978-Page 9
Carter White House may be sinking-literally
It's too early to tell whether the White ton Washington Monument, built on new marker on the White House South
WASHINGTON(AP) On his bad House is rising, falling or staying put, swampland. Using the monument as a Lawn, near the tennis court, they
ays, Jimmy Carter probably thinks said NOAA officials. Significant shifts guide, the White House could be drilled 26 feet into the soil and hit only
or sure the White House is sinking. are not expected. None was discovered sinking. one rock. The marker will be used in
urveyors are trying to find out if it is. when a similar survey was made four If the obelisk keeps dropping at the future examinations as a reference
On his good days, it mightuseem to the years ago. current rate of 0.47 feet a century, all point.
resident that the White House is rising 6,666 inches of the monument will be THE CURRENT SURVEY began
hovthe'sap on wich mch of eyr BUT THERE HAVE been some shifts gone from view in 113,000 years, "give Wednesday and wad due to be com-
ation's capital is built. The surveyors since the last extensive White House or take a few thousand years," said pleted yesterday. Then, at least 10 days
re looking at that possibility now. renovation, done during the Truman Jack Stringer, a spokesman for the of computation will be needed to com-
administration. A survey shortly after academic survey. pare the new figures with previous
USING STAINLESS STEEL rods, the work was completed in 1952 turned Stringer said that when the team of measurements to determine whether a
ipemhesure natnd comegrsa sre upa subsidence of four-hundredths of five government surveyors placed ,a shift has taken place.
rom the national geographic survey anih
branch of the National Oceanic and During that renovation, wooden tim-
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) bers were replaced with steel and a
is trying to determine whether the concrete foundation was sunk 24 feet
White House is actually on its way up or below the basement.
down or just holding steady. The soil on which the White House is
The five surveyors are in the midst of built "is not the most stable earth in the
making precisemeasurements and metropolitan area," said Rex Scouten,
calculations to determine of the four- the chief White House usher, who
story, 132 room executive mansion, requested the survey.
with 150 other rooms in two wings, is
being moved ever so minutely by shifts THE ONLY structure between the
in the earth that could crack the walls White House and the Potomac River
and weaken the structure. one-half mile to thi s isth is the 81 190
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