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Second major rock fall shakes Yosemite day after British climber's death

Witness says rock fall on El Capitan appears to be ‘substantially bigger’ than Wednesday’s, as images show smoke and debris filling the national park valley

A massive new rock fall hit Yosemite national park on Thursday, cracking with a thundering roar off the iconic El Capitan rock formation and sending huge plumes of white dust surging through the valley floor below. It was not immediately clear if there were new casualties, a day after another slab dropped from El Capitan, killing a British climber and injuring a second.

Ken Yager, president and founder of the Yosemite Climbing Association, said he witnessed the most recent rock fall that appeared to be “substantially bigger” than the earlier one.

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