Parts of a pinnacle on the Washington National Cathedral will be removed temporarily after it was damaged by the August earthquake.

The pieces weigh 2 tons in all and will be removed Thursday morning by crane from the southeast corner of the central tower.

Church officials say it will make the pinnacles and central tower more stable until stonework can be repaired.

The Cathedral will also get an inspection from the same team of rappelling engineers who inspected the Washington Monument after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 23.

The cathedral was completed in 1990 after 83 years of work.