British climber killed after rock fall at Yosemite National Park

Slab in deadly Yosemite rockfall was 'size of an apartment building'

Gediman says they are not being identified until their relatives are notified.

Several people made emergency calls, reporting the rock fall. "This is the area where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring conditions", the NPS said.

Rescuers found no other victims.

Rock falls are common in Yosemite but seldom fatal.

A series of rockfalls Wednesday afternoon on the southeast face of El Capitan killed a man and injured a woman when the giant rock slabs came tumbling down just before 2 p.m., according to park officials.

"Yosemite is just a really active, wild place".

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El Capitan is considered the "Mount Everest of rock climbing", with thousands ascending it each year.

This version corrects that DeGrazio saw the cloud of rock dust from the top of the Half Dome rock formation, not from the top of El Capitan.

All other people who were in the area have been accounted for, and search efforts have ended. It was not immediately clear whether they were tourists or climbers.

The rock was released near Waterfall Route, a popular climb on the East Buttress of 3,000-foot tall El Capitan, park ranger and Yosemite spokesperson Danielle Bonnici said.

The rock fall comes as visitors flock to the park for climbing season, according to the National Parks Service. The injured victim was transported out of Yosemite to receive medical treatment. He said he was scaling El Capitan above the site of the rock fall when the incident happened.

Longtime Yosemite climber Peter Zabrok (ZAY'-brok) says he's never seen anything like the chunk of rock that broke off. Zabrok said it was as big as an apartment building.

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