'Thunderous' Rockfall Closes Roads and Trails in Yosemite National Park

Roads and trails in California’s Yosemite National Park were forced to close after a rockfall occurred in the area on February 20, according to local news.

Video recorded by Alex J Wood at close range captures growing clouds of debris, as rocks are seen crashing down the edge of the famed rock formation El Capitan.

“The noise was so loud,” Wood told Storyful of the experience, describing the sound as “thunderous.”

The National Park Service issued an alert for the area, announcing that “Northside drive from Camp 4 to El Capitan Crossover is closed due to a rockfall.”

Yosemite National Park posted to Facebook confirming that the “rockfall occurred from Horsetail Fall,” which is where a ‘firefall’ phenomenon is visible through February 26.

The park said there were no injuries from the rockfall incident. Credit: Alex J Wood Artist / @AL3XJW via Storyful

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