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01 October 2017, 12:29 | Colleen Roy
What causes rockfalls like the deadly one in Yosemite?
Two large rockfalls at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park left a man dead and two other people hurt, but this natural phenomenon is not all that uncommon.
"We did re-route the roads in-and-out of Yosemite Valley yesterday afternoon because a little bit of rock were on the road", Scott Gediman, assistant superintendent for public and legislative affairs, said. There's no word on his condition.
Andrew Foster, 32, suffered injuries consistent with... granite falling on you when more than 1,000 tons of rock fell from the face of the El Capitan monolith in California on Wednesday.
"I just think about it.and the hairs stick up on my arm", said Peter Zabor, a climber with decades of experience.
Rocks at the world-renowned park's climbing routes break loose and crash down about 80 times a year.
Climbers on Friday said they know there are risks inherent to their sport, but they do it anyway because they love it. The park said at least 30 climbers were on the formation Wednesday during the deadly rock fall.
Evans' wife, Rachel Evans, told KSEE that the couple and two other relatives had ended a three-day visit to Yosemite and were leaving Thursday when the rock slide happened.
The climbing community in the Bay Area is shaken up after two unsafe rock falls in Yosemite Valley this week. The couple were at the base of El Capitan when the rockfall occurred. But Gediman said all of the rock falls combined on Wednesday weighed 1,300 tons (1,100 metric tons). Steindam says the chances are, "so low that I am not willing to give up climbing in Yosemite because there is a very slight possibility that might happen".
According to an NBC News report, Thursday's rockfall was much larger than the series of falls that came down Wednesday that killed one Welsh tourist and seriously injured his wife.
Authorities say one person was killed and one was injured, and they are searching for more possible victims.
Zabor had just climbed the section that collapsed Thursday and was able to record video showing the massive dust cloud.
The Higher Cathedral Spire is right across the Merced River from El Capitan.
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