Yosemite Rockfall From Cliff Smashes Onto Popular Hiking Trail

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 06:09 AM

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A massive rock falling from a cliff has closed a popular hiking trail at Yosemite National Park in California, but there were no injuries.

The National Park Service said Monday that nobody was hurt when the 16,000 tons of rock fell 500 feet from a cliff near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on March 31. Many boulders tumbled into the water.

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Officials say the rock crashed down from a cliff east of Wapama Falls. The rock broke into numerous boulders, crushing trees and sending up a small dust cloud, according to The Associated Press.

Some 400 feet of the Rancheria Falls Trail were destroyed and park staff says it will remain closed for now. Park officials say hikers can still get to Wapama Falls starting at O'Shaughnessy Dam.

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