National Cathedral Head Mason Joe Alonso estimated a piece weighing about 3,000 pounds toppled from the central tower. He called the damage to that section of the cathedral "mind-boggling." . . . Damage included arch displacement, cracking, falling limestone and rotating pinnacles on the Cathedral's neogothic towers.
Insurance officials also warned that homeowners with quake-related damage might not be covered because standard policies don’t include an earthquake provision. Small cracks can lead to big problems over time. Gas leaking from snapped pipes is among the most serious concerns, and utility companies urged residents who smell gas to evacuate their homes immediately and call 911. They also urged people to look for cracks in drywall, shifting foundations and tiny leaks in water pipes. . . .