NJ statue damaged in quake to return
CAMDEN, N.J. - April 2, 2012 (WPVI) -- Workers are set to return an iconic landmark that was damaged during a rare East Coast earthquake atop a New Jersey hospital on Tuesday.
Craftsmen repaired cracks and other damage to the 30-foot Blessed Mother statue that has rested above Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden since 1949.
The statue also serves as a beacon for aircraft landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August shifted the state's top three layers and caused cracks and chipping.
Most of the cost of repairs was covered by insurance. However, more than 1,200 donors contributed money to offset a $100,000 deductible.
Lourdes Health System CEO Alexander Hatala tells The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill (http://on.cpsj.com/HNV1q6 ) the statue's absence made people realize that it's a symbol of hope and healing.
Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/
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