Another ‘massive’ rock slide in a park where a tourist was killed

A climber from Yosemite National Park said a second rockslide was easily “three times bigger” than a massive rockslide a day earlier that killed a Briton visiting the park. Ryan Sheridan had just reached the top of El Capitan when Thursday’s slide left loose beneath him. He told The Associated Press that “there was so much smoke and debris” and clouds of dust filled the entire valley below. Footage shows a huge plume of dust following the rock fall. Traffic on a road near the base of El Capitan has come to a standstill. The slide comes about 24 hours after another major rockfall from the famous rock formation killed one person and injured another. At least 30 climbers were on the vertical wall of the 7,569ft El Capitan when the huge chunk of rock fell on Wednesday afternoon. The National Park Service said the victims, a couple visiting from Britain, were in the park climbing but were not climbing when the initial rockslide weighed around 1,300 tonnes. The male victim was found dead and the female was transported from the park with serious injuries. Ranger and spokesman Scott Gediman said the huge rockfall was among seven that occurred in the same general area over a four-hour period on Wednesday. John DeGrazio, a climbing guide who has helped people reach the top of the Yosemite monument for 12 years, said it was the tallest slide he had ever seen at the site. DeGrazio said that he had just reached the summit with a group of climbers when they saw large plumes of dust rising on the vertical wall of El Capitan. It had been 18 years since the last rockfall-related death in Yosemite National Park, officials said. The park records about 80 rockfalls per year, although they are rarely fatal.

A climber from Yosemite National Park said a second rockslide was easily “three times bigger” than a massive rockslide a day earlier that killed a Briton visiting the park.

Ryan Sheridan had just reached the top of El Capitan when Thursday’s slide unleashed beneath him.

He told The Associated Press that “there was so much smoke and debris” and clouds of dust filled the entire valley below.

Footage shows a huge plume of dust following the rock fall. Traffic on a road near the base of El Capitan has come to a standstill.

The landslide comes about 24 hours after another major rockfall from the famous rock formation killed one person and injured another.

At least 30 climbers were on the vertical wall of the 7,569ft El Capitan when the huge chunk of rock fell on Wednesday afternoon.

The National Park Service said the victims, a couple from Britain, were in the park climbing but were not climbing at the time of the initial rockslide weighing around 1,300 tonnes. The male victim was found dead and the female was transported from the park with serious injuries.

Ranger and park spokesman Scott Gediman said the massive rockfall was among seven that occurred in the same general area over a four-hour period on Wednesday.

John DeGrazio, a climbing guide who has helped people reach the top of Yosemite Monument for 12 years, said it was the biggest slide he had ever seen on the site.

DeGrazio said he had just reached the summit with a group of climbers when they saw large plumes of dust rising up the vertical face of El Capitan.

It had been 18 years since the last rockfall-related death in Yosemite National Park, officials said.

The park records about 80 rockfalls per year, although they are rarely fatal.

Virginia F. Goins