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The solid granite faces of Yosemite aren’t always as permanent as they look: A massive rockslide that cleaved off Glacier Point yesterday morning injured three people, destroyed several cabins, and tore up trees in the popular Curry Village lodging area.
”We were awakened at 7 to what sounded like thunder and what felt like the Earth crumbling apart,” said Deanne Maschmeyer, 41, of Monterey, who was staying in a nearby cabin with her two children. ”People were stampeding everywhere and running, running like crazy. I felt like I was running ahead of a tsunami.”
No one suffered more than minor injuries, which is amazing, since park officials estimate about 180 truck loads of boulders cascaded on a populated area at 7 a.m. Large groups of children, teachers, and chaperones escaped mostly unscathed. Witnesses report the area was littered with shredded trees and crushed tents.
I’d predict a couple good days ahead for the survivors; nothing puts your life in perspective like surviving a catastrophic rockslide. A looming economic crisis, a hotly contested election, and global warming all might not seem so pressing after you’ve escaped getting killed by giant boulders.
Yosemite National Park Rock Slide Destroys Cabins (NY Times/AP)