Peter Zabrok

A second massive rockfall occurred Thursday at the face of Yosemite National Park's famed El Capitan, just a day after a series of rockfalls killed a British climber.

The latest incident, which park officials said was "significantly larger" than the one that occurred Wednesday, injured one person and prompted the closure of an exit from the park in Yosemite Valley.

The victim was not a climber, Yosemite Park spokesman Scott Gediman told BuzzFeed News. The person was flown out of the area by helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital.

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Peter Zabrok

Peter Zabrok and two other climbers were at the summit of El Capitan when the rocks began falling, which he described as being as big as two apartment buildings.

"We cheated death, we cheated death," Zabrok said in a video captured just moments after the rockfall. "Holy crap, did we cheat death."

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Thursday's rockfall sent a large cloud of dust throughout the park.

Gediman said park officials were still working to assess the size of Thursday's rockslide.

On Wednesday, seven rockfalls occurred over a four-hour time span at the park, totaling about 16,000 cubic feet and weighing about 1,300 tons.

When rangers searched the area, they discovered a British couple had been at the base of the rock formation at the time.

The climber killed Wednesday was identified as 32-year-old Andrew Foster. His wife, who was critically injured, is still hospitalized.

The size of Thursday's rockslide was not immediately clear.

A helicopter could be seen hovering over the area in a video taken just moments after the rockfall, apparently looking for damage or people.

According to the National Park Service, there are about 80 rockfalls reported in the park every year. Wednesday's death was the first one linked to a rockslide in the park in 18 years.

Gediman said no areas around El Capitan have been closed off to the public, but park officials have posted signs near the area warning visitors of the recent rockslides.


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