Yosemite, California: One person has died and another has been injured in a massive rockfall in Yosemite National Park in California.
There were about 30 climbers when a hunk of rock, the size of an apartment building, fell off the granite monolith of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. It is climbing season in Yosemite and the rock fell on the “Waterfall Route” on East Buttress of El Capitan.
I don’t know how anyone below the rockfall would have survived
57-year-old Peter Zaybrock told the associated press how he was on the sixth day of the climb when the rock fell. He also shared his concern over the incident saying how he’d have been dead, had he been climbing at the usual leisure pace. He also said he doesn’t know how anyone below the rockfall would have survived.
Search & Rescue Team is currently inspecting the place
After the incident was reported by climber Ryan Sheridan and shared on his Facebook, the Park Rangers and Search & Rescue team quickly started the inspection of the area for any more victims.
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The park helicopter is also flying over the area to discover anyone who may have been pressed under the debris.
Meanwhile, the injured person was transported to a nearby hospital by the emergency workers.
Mount Everest of Rock Climbing Has Killed Over 15 People in the last 150 Years
El Capitan is considered the Mount Everest of Rock Climbing. It is one of the world’s largest granite monoliths elevating 4000 ft above the Yosemite National Park.
Greg Stock, the geologist of the park said that over 15 people have lost their lives due to rockfall in the last 50 years. The rockfall can be triggered due to many reasons including destabilization because of weather or climate and even due to excessive heat.
The identity of the dead and injured person is not revealed yet.
After the incident, Park authorities are trying to investigate the reason behind the rockfall.
However, the park remains open for visitors and climbers with no halt in the services.