1 killed in rockslide at Yosemite's El Capitan

Slab in deadly Yosemite rockfall was 'size of an apartment building'

One British tourist was killed and another was injured after a series of rockfalls on El Capitan, the most prominent granite cliff in Yosemite National Park, according to a statement from the National Park Service.

Park rangers are working to get the injured climber medical attention outside of the park, and the national park will stay open to visitors as usual, according to the release from the National Park Service.

At least 30 climbers were on the vertical wall of the 7,569-foot (2,307 meter) El Capitan when the huge rock hunk fell Wednesday afternoon. The size of the rockfall has not yet been determined, she said.

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The rocks peel off in giant slabs because they are destabilized by small contractions that come with changes in season and temperature.

The park records about 80 rock falls per year, though they are rarely fatal.

He says climbers have been lucky that many rock slides have not killed people.

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All other people who were in the area have been accounted for, and search efforts have ended. "We were on the summit of Half Dome when we saw this".

Peter Zabrok, who was climbing near the Waterfall Route at the time of the rock fall, described the experience on Facebook and on a climbing forum, SuperTopo. Rescue workers evacuated the victims from the scene.

Officials at the park said Wednesday that they were searching for more victims after the rock fall at El Capitan, but had reported no more several hours after the dead and injured person was found.

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The incident is especially unfortunate as it is now hiking season in Yosemite, according to the park, putting many visitors on the hiking trails in the park.

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