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Yosemite Rockfall Year in Review: 2018

By Greg M. Stock —  YOSEMITE — Yosemite faced a number of challenging events in 2018, including floods and fires. Fortunately, serious rockfalls were not among them. Forty-one events (including rockfalls, rockslides, and debris flows) were documented in 2018, below the recent (2006-2017) average of 53 events per year, and less than half of that documented in 2017. Rockfalls in ...

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2017: A Record Year For Rockfall In Yosemite

By Greg M. Stock — YOSEMITE — There were many large and consequential rockfalls in Yosemite in 2017, with a record 85 events (including rockfalls, rockslides, and debris flows) documented. The cumulative volume of these events was about 36,800 cubic meters. Although this is not the largest annual volume recorded, greater volumes in previous years were typically dominated by one ...

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Fatality Confirmed After Rockfall In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — A rockfall of undetermined size occurred in Yosemite National Park just before 2 p.m. this afternoon, according to authorities, and one person was injured while another was confirmed to have died. The rockfall was reported to have happened from El Capitan, a granite monolith above Yosemite Valley. The release point appears to be near the “Waterfall Route,” a ...

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