Yosemite rockslide claims life

Union Democrat staff

At least one person was killed in one of two rockslides Sunday on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

The fatal slide occurred about 9 a.m. on El Capitan, the 3,000-foot granite monolith at Yosemite Valley's north end.

The person killed was apparently climbing the iconic stone.

It was unclear if anyone else was injured.

A second rockslide occurred about two hours later, according to witnesses.

While rockslides are commonplace in the park - one was reported a week ago - slide-related fatalities are not. The last was reported in 1999, when a Colorado climber, Peter Terbush, was killed by falling rocks on the Glacier Point "Apron."

In 1996, a Whittier hiker, Hisano Hamada, was killed when a giant boulder crashed from Glacier Point.

And, three people were killed in 1980 on the Yosemite Fall Trail when thousands of tons of granite came crashing down.

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