Rock Falls Close Curry Village Lodgings in Yosemite National Park
Two rock falls from the face of Glacier Point -- one described as perhaps the largest ever seen -- have closed the lodgings in Curry Village on the floor of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. While there were some minor injuries reported, fortunately no one was killed.
The first rock fall occurred around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Roughly 300-500 cubic yards of rock fell about 1,000 feet onto the valley floor. On its way down the rock hit the Old Ledge Trail and split in two directions. In Curry Village, which contains more than 500 tent cabins, one cabin was smashed. The rock fall prompted park officials to evacuate about half of Curry Camp.
Following that rock fall on Tuesday, park officials sent a helicopter into the air with observers to try to judge the stability of Glacier Point's face.
This morning right about 7 a.m. another face of rock broke away from the same general area of Glacier Point and rained down onto the camp. One park employee estimated the second rock fall as six to seven times larger than the first and likely the largest seen in the valley. This rockfall crashed onto some more tent cabins and snapped some pine trees in half.
The second rock fall prompted park officials to completely evacuate Curry Camp. With most of the rest of the valley's lodgings full, the evacuations forced many visitors to find lodgings outside the park.
You can find pictures from the park and more details at this site.