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Second rockslide in two days occurs at Yosemite National Park, injuring one

29 Setiembre 2017, 05:02 | Bibiana Flor

Second rockslide in two days occurs at Yosemite National Park, injuring one

Second rockslide in two days occurs at Yosemite National Park, injuring one

"It filled the entire valley with smoke". "I hear them all the time. A larger rock fall let loose, easily three times the size", Sheridan said.

Yosemite is a national park located in Northern California, covering an area of more than 3,000 km and reaching across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The sports climber still plans to one day scale El Capitan even though his friend died doing it just two years ago. "Sometimes geology just happens". He and a fellow climber, 29-year-old Graham Hunt, were killed slamming into cliffs they failed to avoid.

A fresh rock fall has since hit the same site Thursday leaving several people reportedly "buried under rubble". "The park helicopter is now flying and also assessing the situation", the park said yesterday. The injured person was flown out of the park via air ambulance to receive medical care at an area hospital.

"The last thing I saw was him at the repel, repelling her down and then they were gone", rock climber Justin Henderson said.


The release point of the rockfall appeared to be near the "Waterfall Route", according to the park. An image posted by Sheridan on Instagram showed the plume of dust clouding the valley below.

Yosemite National Park remains open and Gediman says visitor services have not been affected by the rockfalls over the past couple of days.

The British pair injured in the initial rock fall have not yet been named.

The names of the victims are still unknown, as well as whether they were climbers or tourists visiting the park. He described the event saying, "It cratered and sent stuff mushrooming out in all directions".


Peering at the tragedy below his 2,000ft perch, Mr Zabrok saw a rescuer lowered by helicopter.

He later saw someone else being moved "at tremendous peril to the rescuers because there were three subsequent rockfalls that were all almost as big and would have killed anybody at the base".

The injured victim was taken to an undisclosed hospital with serious injuries, the park official said. A preliminary estimate for the cumulative volume of all seven rockfalls is about 16,000 cubic feet (450 cubic meters), or about 1,300 tons.




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