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avatar Rock slide near Curry Village
October 07, 2008 03:36PM
Any more info on this? San Jose Merc only had this much:

The Associated Press
Article Launched: 10/07/2008 03:03:26 PM PDT


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.—Rangers are responding to the scene of a rock slide in Yosemite National Park near Curry Village at the east end of the valley floor.
A park spokesperson says there are no evacuations under way and no reports of injuries.

Curry Village is home to the winter ice rink and amphitheater.
Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 08, 2008 08:00AM
Pretty scary. It strikes me that Curry Village is in one of the most dangerous spots for slides.





Wilderness forever,
Bruce Jensen
avatar Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 08, 2008 12:36PM
http://www.kcra.com/cnn-news/17656966/detail.html



3 Hurt In Yosemite Rock Slide
2 Slides Reported In 2 Days

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Three people were hurt Wednesday in a rock slide in Yosemite Valley, marking the second such incident within the past two days.

Four to six cabins were affected as rocks rolled into Curry Village shortly after 7 a.m., ranger Erik Skindrud said. People staying in other nearby cabins were forced to leave.

Skindrud said three people, including a child, were treated and released at the scene. The child suffered facial lacerations. Another person reported difficulty breathing. The nature of the third person's injuries was not immediately known.

Curry Village, a popular tourist destination that sits on the valley floor, includes 427 canvas tent cabins, 100 cabins with private baths and 18 standard motel rooms. Most of the cabins are empty at this time of year.

A sheer granite face towers above the camp, bringing some of Yosemite's rugged beauty within reach of visitors who pack the grounds.

The cabins site among rows among huge boulders, which geologists say are there because of prehistoric rock falls.

Tom Trujillo, of New Milford, Conn., who was attending photography classes at Yosemite Institute, saw the rock slide and ran toward it.

"People were starting to yell 'run, run' and kids started to scream."
-Witness Rena McClain

"Trees were crushed all over the place," said Trujillo over the sound of a hovering helicopter. "A couple of kids, 5th or 6th graders, were stumbling out of the area. I tried to picked them up, tried to get them out as fast as I could."

Trujillo said he helped one boy, with blood on his forehead and down his back, get out and find his mother.

"It was a really big mess," Trujillo said. "Tents were crushed, trees were knocked down, hard cabins were moved out of their positions, with bounders blocking their doorway."

Another photography student, Rena McClain, a nurse from Dover, Del., told The Associated Press in a telephone interview she had her back to granite face when she heard what sounded like a booming thunder clap. She whipped around and saw a giant cloud of rock and dust coming down.

"People were starting to yell 'run, run' and kids started to scream," said McClain.

As the dust settled, shaken teachers and chaperones gathered groups of high school students and tried to get head counts.

"The kids were crying," said McClain. "I tried to comfort them. I'm a nurse, my immediate response was 'What can I try to do to help'."

A rock slide Tuesday in the Staircase Falls area of Yosemite Valley destroyed an unoccupied tent cabin, an official said.

There were no injuries in the 2:30 p.m. event, but the area immediately around the slide in Curry Village was evacuated.

The 1,020-foot Staircase Falls cascades from Glacier Point to a meadow just east of Curry Village, which is also home to the winter ice rink and amphitheater.

A rock fall in the same area a year ago also resulted in no injuries, Skindrud said.

In 1996, a rock slide nearby sent as much as 162,000 tons of rock plummeting more than 2,000 feet, killing one visitor and felling 500 trees





Dan
Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 08, 2008 08:38PM
Curry village is probably my least favorite part of the valley so I don't spend much time there, but I remember the first time I walked back to the cabins near the wall, wondering how easy it would be to sleep after looking straight up that rock wall.

Quite often, sleeping in the upper/lower pines campgrounds in winter and spring you'll hear the 'crack-bang' thunder of rockfall on that wall. I hesitate to even think of the possibility, but a slide near there like the Happy Isles '96
http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/image/80115055
would be devastating; hopefully it will never happen.

That's also the area where the famous and extremely dangerous Ledge trail goes, or once went, up to Glacier Point.

Had to be a horrible feeling to be in Curry and hear that crack.





Gary
Yosemite Photo Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/yo
avatar Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 09, 2008 05:51AM
Any pictures?
FF





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Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 09, 2008 07:01AM
There are some great pictures posted on the Supertopo.com climbing forum.
Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 09, 2008 08:59AM
Here's a direct link to the forum page mentioned
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=692169&tn=20

Scroll down about 2/3 of the way to find the photos.

Sounds like I'm not the only one who thinks the back part of Curry Village is not in the most secure and safe location...





Gary
Yosemite Photo Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/yo
Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 09, 2008 09:10AM
Also, story with a photo taken from Glacier point while it was going on:
http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/924756.html

And more pics in the LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-yosemite9-2008oct09,0,1905397.story





Gary
Yosemite Photo Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/yo
avatar Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 09, 2008 10:49PM
Rockfall in Yosemite National Park
Minor injuries and several cabins destroyed in significant rockfall event

A rockfall occurred in Yosemite National Park at approximately 7:00 am on October 8, 2008 near Curry Village in eastern Yosemite Valley. Park officials estimated the rockfall volume at approximately 1,800 cubic yards, which released near the halfway point up the granite face above Curry Village. Three visitors received minor injuries during the incident. All three were treated and released. The rockfall destroyed an estimated seven visitor cabins; two hard sided, and three tent cabins. At least three other cabins received partial damage in the incident.

Curry Village visitors were evacuated immediately. Park officials are currently assessing the rockfall.

Media calls can be directed to 209 372-0248. Public information can be obtained by calling Yosemite National Park at 209 372-0356. Information for visitors with reservations at Curry Village can call DNC Parks and Resorts in Yosemite, Inc. at 801 559-5000.

avatar Re: Rock slide near Curry Village
October 10, 2008 01:44PM
Looks like some of the rockslide travelled down the old Ledge Route.

Compare the pictures in the following URLs:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2008/10/09/MNHH13DJRN.DTL&o=


http://setiweb.ssl.berkeley.edu/~davea/yosemite_6_05.php
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FF





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