APNewsBreak: No increased danger after Yosemite rocks fall

In this photo provided by Peter Zabrok, climber Ryan Sheridan who had just reached the top of El Capitan, a 7,569-foot (2,307 meter) formation, when a rock slide let loose below him Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. It was not immediately clear if there were new casualties, a day after another slab dropped from El Capitan, killing a British climber and injuring a second. (Peter Zabrok via AP)
In this photo provided by Peter Zabrok, climber Ryan Sheridan who had just reached the top of El Capitan, a 7,569-foot (2,307 meter) formation, when a rock slide let loose below him Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. It was not immediately clear if there were new casualties, a day after another slab dropped from El Capitan, killing a British climber and injuring a second. (Peter Zabrok via AP)
Emergency personnel prepare to care for an elderly male, center background, after a rock fall occurred again on El Capitan Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2017 in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park says another rock fall has injured one person in the park, one day after a huge chunk of granite killed a British tourist. An immense mass of granite plunged from the side of El Capitan on Thursday and filled the valley below with a cloud of dust. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
Emergency personnel prepare to care for an elderly man, center background, who was injured after a new rock fall on El Capitan occurred Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The fall came a day after tons of rock crashed down from El Capitan, killing a tourist who had been on a hiking and climbing trip and injuring a British woman with him. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
Visitors watch the rock fall from El Capitan Meadow Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park says another rock fall has injured one person in the park, one day after a huge chunk of granite killed a British tourist. An immense mass of granite plunged from the side of El Capitan on Thursday and filled the valley below with a cloud of dust. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
An elderly male is helped into an ambulance after a rock fall occurs Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park says another rock fall has injured one person in the park, one day after a huge chunk of granite killed a British tourist. An immense mass of granite plunged from the side of El Capitan on Thursday and filled the valley below with a cloud of dust. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
Vikki Glinkskii, bottom right, a climber steward with Ask A Climber, calls her boss from El Capitan Meadow to tell him about a new rockfall as white dust is thrown into the air at the Waterfall Route on El Capitan Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park says another rock fall has injured one person in the park, one day after a huge chunk of granite killed a British tourist. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
A second rock fall occurs at El Capitan Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park says another rock fall has injured one person in the park, one day after a huge chunk of granite killed a British tourist, Andrew Foster, 32, of Wales, while he and his wife were hiking at the bottom of El Capitan. An immense mass of granite plunged from the side of El Capitan on Thursday and filled the valley below with a cloud of dust. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)
This Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by The National Park Service shows a rock fall off the iconic El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park, Calif. A massive new rock fall hit Yosemite National Park on Thursday, cracking with a thundering roar off the iconic El Capitan rock formation and sending huge plumes of white dust surging through the valley floor below. (The National Park Service via AP)
This Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by The National Park Service shows a rock fall off the iconic El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park, Calif. A massive new rock fall hit Yosemite National Park on Thursday, cracking with a thundering roar off the iconic El Capitan rock formation and sending huge plumes of white dust surging through the valley floor below. (The National Park Service via AP)
This photo provided by Tamara Goode shows vehicles among a massive cloud of thick dust spreading across Yosemite Valley after a new rock fall from El Capitan Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite said on its Twitter page that the park was closing a road on the north side of the park because of the rock fall. Officials advised visitors to use the southern access road. (@wherestamara/Tamara Goode via AP)
In this Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017, photo provided the National Park Service, a cloud of dust is seen on El Capitan after a major rock fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. An official says the man killed when a massive hunk of rock fell of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan monolith was a British climber. Yosemite park ranger and spokesman Scott Gediman said Thursday that the man was with a British woman who was seriously injured. (Tom Evans/National Park Service via AP)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, photo provided by Dakota Snider, photographer and Yosemite resident, a woman is carried into a helicopter after being rescued off El Capitan following a major rock fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. All areas in California's Yosemite Valley are open Thursday, a day after the fatal rock fall. (Dakota Snider via AP)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, photo provided by Dakota Snider, photographer and Yosemite resident, a woman is lowered by a helicopter after being lifted off El Capitan following a major rock fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. All areas in California's Yosemite Valley are open Thursday, a day after the fatal rock fall. (Dakota Snider via AP)
In this Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017, photo provided John P. DeGrazio, a cloud of dust is seen in the distance on El Capitan after a major rock fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. All areas in California's Yosemite Valley are open Thursday, a day after the fatal rock fall. (John P. DeGrazio/YExplore Yosemite Adventures via AP)
In this Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017, photo provided by Dakota Snider, photographer and Yosemite resident, a helicopter makes a rescue off El Capitan after a major rock fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. All areas in California's Yosemite Valley are open Thursday, a day after the fatal rock fall. (Dakota Snider via AP)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — The Latest on two rock falls in Yosemite that killed one person and injured two others (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Yosemite National Park's geologist has told The Associated Press there is no more danger than usual of another giant rock fall after two huge slides occurred this week on the famed El Capitan rock formation.

Yosemite geologist Greg Stock also said Friday the slab of granite that fell Thursday was the size of a 36-story building.

Stock said park officials would not allow people into any area they felt is unsafe. The park typically sees about 80 rock falls a year.

He and a geologist from the United States Geological Services are studying the monolith after this week's rock falls killed one person and injured two others.

An exit route from the park was closed after debris from Thursday's crash fell about 400 feet (122 meters), injuring a man in an SUV when rocks crashed through his sunroof.

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1:40 p.m.

Climbers at Yosemite National Park are awed but undeterred by two rock falls that sent tons of granite plunging to the ground, killing one person and injuring two others over two days.

Hayden Jamieson plans to head up the giant El Capitan rock formation on Saturday.

He says climbing is an inherently dangerous sport, and that Wednesday's first crash of granite from El Capitan was like witnessing the largest natural event he had ever seen.

The first slab fell from a peak at the world-class climbing destination followed by a much larger chunk Thursday.

Climber Ryan Sheridan and his partner had slept on the wall in the fall zone a couple of nights before it came crumbling down.

He says freak accidents happen and he plans to head out for another climb Friday.

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11:25 a.m.

Colleagues of a man killed in a rock fall at Yosemite National Park say he was passionate about the outdoors.

Andrew Foster was a sales representative for the outdoor company Patagonia in the United Kingdom.

Alex Beasley, U.K. manager for the company, described him as a passionate climber, mountaineer and skier who loved being in the outdoors.

Foster's former employer, Up and Under outdoor gear store in Cardiff, Wales, said his passion for the mountains was enormous and infectious.

It said Foster and his wife, Lucy, planned to explore the European Alps for a year.

Foster was killed and his wife seriously injured in the first of two massive rock falls this week at the world-renowned climbing site.

Another man was injured Thursday when rock and rubble broke through the sunroof of his SUV, hitting him in the head.

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8:30 a.m.

A man injured when a second massive rock fall plunged in Yosemite National Park was driving out when rock and rubble broke through the sunroof of his SUV, hitting him in the head.

Television images show Jim Evans, of Naples, Florida, conscious and his wife holding a jacket around his head.

Fresno television station KSEE reports (http://bit.ly/2x1EnIU ) that Evans was airlifted to a hospital in Modesto, California, and is expected to survive.

Evans' wife, Rachel Evans, says she and her husband and two other relatives had ended a three-day visit to Yosemite and were leaving Thursday when the rock slide happened.

She says no one else in the car was injured.

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7:30 a.m.

Yosemite National Park geologists worked into to the evening to inspect the face of El Capitan, where two major rock falls in two days killed one person and injured two others.

The scientists are trying to determine how big the second rock fall was and how it happened.

Park officials closed one of the exit routes from the park after a massive hunk of granite detached Thursday from the famed rock formation and plunged down, filling Yosemite Valley with dust and injuring a man.

Officials say the rock slide was significantly larger than a chunk of granite the size of a 12-story building that broke free and plunged on Wednesday, killing a British climber and injuring his wife.

British media reports 32-year-old Andrew Foster and his wife were avid climbers who were in Yosemite celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

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12:25 a.m.

Two straight days of massive and dangerous rock falls at Yosemite National Park have left one person dead, two injured and mountain climbers stunned.

A huge hunk of granite came off El Capitan on Thursday, even bigger than the major piece of rock that fell off on Wednesday. The second left just one man injured.

The first killed a British man and injured his wife.

Park officials say rock falls like these are common but it's rare for people to be injured or killed by them.

Climber Ryan Sheridan was at the top of El Capitan when the second chunk fell on Thursday, and said the smoke and debris filled the entire Yosemite Valley.

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