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Horsetail Fall rockfall overview Sept. 28 2017

Horsetail Fall rockfall overview Sept. 28 2017

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.

The couple, who were found with climbing equipment, are thought to have been scouting the ascent from a trail when a sheet of granite around 40 metres by 20 metres (131ft by 65ft) fell from a height of around 200 metres 650ft. This comes after the park cleans up debris from El Capitan's rockfalls. "Which is why you end up getting repeated rockfall from the same area once it gets started", said DeGraff.

The rockfall on Thursday, September 28 was substantially larger than Wednesday's series of rockfalls that occured in the same area on El Capitan.

Experts have assured the public there is no more danger of another giant rock fall.

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With two major rockslide in two days, the features of el Capitan are irrevocably altered. There are about 80 rockfalls a year in the park, although many go unreported.

The woman suffered moderate injuries while on the "Braille Book" route and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

She said even with the rock slides she will be going there before the end of the year.

On Wednesday pieces of a massive rock killed Andrew Foster of Whales, 32, and seriously injured his wife.

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Lucy Foster was airlifted to a hospital and was reportedly in critical condition.

Wife Rachel Evans told Fresno broadcaster KSEE-TV, that the family had just finished a three-day visit to Yosemite at the time of the accident.

Foster's former colleagues at the Up and Under outdoor gear store in Cardiff, Wales, recalled him in a statement as a man whose passion for the outdoors, "and mountains in particular, was enormous and infectious". The park said at least 30 climbers were on the formation Wednesday during the deadly rock fall.

Authorities say one person was killed and one was injured, and they are searching for more possible victims.

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He said Wednesday he did not know who was killed and injured and did not immediately respond Thursday to phone and email messages seeking updated information.

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