On May 6th, vessel operators to the USS Arizona memorial noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, although tourists were allowed to disembark and crews completed interim repairs. The cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue. After further inspection, the damage was worse than expected and memorial will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.

“There is a brow or an edge where the visitor ramp meets the memorial, and at that point, there’s been some fissures located on the exterior,” said Jay Blount, a spokesman for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. “After further investigation on the interior, it was determined that the structure is not supporting the loading ramp the way that we need.”

Long term repairs are being discussed but the amount of time needed to make the repairs is unknown.

Other areas of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remain open.

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The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

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