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Rockfall in Yosemite National Park

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Date: October 14, 2008

A rockfall occurred in Yosemite National Park at approximately 7:00 am on October 8, 2008 near Curry Village in eastern Yosemite Valley. Park officials estimated the rockfall volume at approximately 1,800 cubic yards, which released near the halfway point up the granite face above Curry Village.

Three visitors received minor injuries during the incident. All three were treated and released. The rockfall destroyed an estimated seven visitor cabins; two hard sided, and three tent cabins. At least three other cabins received partial damage in the incident.

Curry Village visitors were evacuated immediately. Park officials are currently assessing the rockfall.

Media calls can be directed to 209/372-0248. Public information can be obtained by calling Yosemite National Park at 209/372-0200 (press 3 then 5). Information for visitors with reservations at Curry Village can call DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. at 801/559-5000.

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.