A bunch of rocks have slid off a famous rock formation in Yosemite National Park during the past couple days, causing at least one death and two injuries.
Huge rocks fell off the 3,000-foot cliff face of El Capitan in Northern California on Wednesday and Thursday. Park visitors and experienced rock climbers were stunned at the amount of white dust and smoke covering the valley, the Associated Press reported Friday.
At least 30 climbers were on the wall at the time of the slide, CBS News reported Thursday evening.
Andrew Foster, 32, of Wales died and his wife was hospitalized on Wednesday. The couple was on a hiking and climbing trip. Another man suffered injuries and was hospitalized Thursday during a second rock fall, added The Fresno Bee.
“Sometimes geology just happens,” said Alex Honnold, who made history as the first person to free solo climb El Capitan without safety ropes on June 3.
The rock slides began Wednesday afternoon, reported National Geographic.
A sheet of rock estimated as 130 feet tall and 65 feet wide fell Wednesday, killing Foster, according to Yosemite National Park Ranger Scott Gediman, reported the Associated Press. On Wednesday within a four-hour span, there were apparently seven rock falls in the same general area of the park
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