One Dead, One Injured In Rockfall From El Capitan In Yosemite

Yosemite National Park California. Yosemite is among California's biggest tourist destinaitons

One person is dead and another injured after a rockfall occurred at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

It is now climbing season at Yosemite National Park, with many taking on El Capitan and other routes, according to park officials.

It happened just after 2 p.m. on the East Buttress of El Capitan, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said. A rockfall that killed one person and injured another was reported on Wednesday from the site which is popular with climbers. This is the area where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring conditions.

Park rangers were working to transport the injured person to medical care outside the park, Gediman said.

El Capitan is one of the world's largest granite monoliths towering vertically 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) from the Yosemite Valley floor.

Yosemite remains open to visitors. Further details were not immediately available.

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