Jon Kameen captured the moment of a rock fall on Yosemite's El Capitan.
Jon Kameen/Twitter
Jon Kameen captured the moment of a rock fall on Yosemite's El Capitan.
Now playing
01:02
Rockfall at iconic climbing spot kills one
ABC/Family photo
Now playing
01:06
Child stuck in washing machine filling with water
Alex Childress
Now playing
00:48
Brush with toxic plant burns teen's face
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Now playing
00:59
Video shows woman fall from SUV in traffic
Additional Embargo:   Additional Source(s): Brendan Malone   Date Shot: 6/26/2018   Shipping/Billing Info:     Description: Projects: None  Cost Center: Atlanta National Desk / 20100101   Created By: severc  On: 1530090083  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
KGTV; Brendan Malone
Additional Embargo: Additional Source(s): Brendan Malone Date Shot: 6/26/2018 Shipping/Billing Info: Description: Projects: None Cost Center: Atlanta National Desk / 20100101 Created By: severc On: 1530090083 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Now playing
00:47
Woman injured after parasail rope breaks
tennessee ferris wheel accident sot _00003105.jpg
WATE
tennessee ferris wheel accident sot _00003105.jpg
Now playing
00:58
Three girls injured after falling from Ferris wheel
Now playing
00:55
Woman dies from zip line fall
Anton Yelchin as Ckekov in "Star Trek."
Paramount PIctures
Anton Yelchin as Ckekov in "Star Trek."
Now playing
00:57
'Star Trek' actor dies in freak accident (2016)
kansas water park death lah dnt lead _00013119.jpg
KSHB
kansas water park death lah dnt lead _00013119.jpg
Now playing
02:18
Young boy dies on Kansas water slide (2016)
dubai plane crash jensen lkl_00002510.jpg
dubai plane crash jensen lkl_00002510.jpg
Now playing
01:21
Dramatic video inside burning aircraft
Courtesy Brumby Family
Now playing
00:45
Father accidentally shoots, kills his son
woman death bakery mixture pkg_00001721.jpg
KUTV
woman death bakery mixture pkg_00001721.jpg
Now playing
02:00
Woman dies in bakery mixer at grocery store
Now playing
00:50
Navy plane skids off aircraft carrier during landing
kindergartner dies playing monkey bars pkg_00000212.jpg
WSB
kindergartner dies playing monkey bars pkg_00000212.jpg
Now playing
01:23
Kindergartner dies playing on school monkey bars
pkg bumble bee tuna death charges california_00001223.jpg
KCAL/KCBS
pkg bumble bee tuna death charges california_00001223.jpg
Now playing
01:12
Gruesome employee death costs company $6 million
WSVN; Surveillance Video
Now playing
01:41
He tried to start his grill but then ...

Story highlights

NEW: Another rockfall occurs in same spot where tourist was killed

Fatal rockslide weighed about 1,300 tons

(CNN) —  

One day after a rockfall killed a British tourist on El Capitan, another rattled Yosemite National Park’s famous rock climbing destination on Thursday, injuring one man.

Park officials identified the man as Jim Evans.

The tourist killed on Wednesday was identified as Andrew Foster of Wales. His wife was seriously injured, but her name has not been released by park authorities.

The injured woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The couple were visiting the park from the United Kingdom and were there to rock climb, though they were not climbing at the time of the rockfall, the parks service said.

Thursday’s rockslide occurred at 3:21 p.m. in the same area as Wednesday’s fatal rockfall, said Scott Gediman, the public affairs officer for Yosemite National Park.

“Today’s rockfall was significantly larger than yesterday,” he said.

The site of the rockfall that occurred on the Southeast Face of El Capitan, taken from a park helicopter.
NPS Photo/NPS Photo/NPS Photo
The site of the rockfall that occurred on the Southeast Face of El Capitan, taken from a park helicopter.

Rachel Evans, the wife of the man injured on Thursday said they were driving when the rockfall hit their car.

“Something came from through our sunroof, but we didn’t know it was closed, we didn’t know… what had happened but it shattered, and dust just poured in,” she told CNN affiliate KGPE/KSEE.

“So we were trying to outrun it, it was like, ‘go, let’s go’ and at the same time my husband reached up and he was like, ‘oh my head, my head’ because it was bleeding profusely and hurting.”

Seven rockfalls occurred over four hours on Wednesday afternoon, the park service said. In all, the volume of the rockfalls weighed about 1,300 tons, and the irregular sheet of rock that fell was estimated to be 130 feet tall, 65 feet wide and 3 to 10 feet thick.

After Thursday’s rockslide, the park remained open and Gediman, the public affairs officer, said visitors do not need to cancel their planned trips.

The fatal rockslide appeared to have started near the Waterfall Route, a “popular climbing route” on the east buttress of the famous, nearly 3,000-foot granite wall, the National Park Service said.

The NPS said the source of the rockfalls was about 650 feet above the base of El Capitan, or about 1,800 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley.

Multiple rockfalls

“Rockfalls are a common occurrence in Yosemite Valley and the park records about 80 rockfalls per year, though many more rockfalls go unreported,” the park’s statement said.

“The rockfall from El Capitan was similar in size and extent compared with other rockfalls throughout the park, though it is not typical that there were victims.”

Guide John DeGrazio was giving a tour of the park when he captured the moment of the rockfall.

“We saw a huge plume of smoke from the summit of Half Dome and later found out it was a fatal rockfall,” he said.

“I am a guide on a tour right now. We were on the summit of Half Dome when we saw this.”

El Capitan is one of the world’s most famous climbs, known for its near vertical cliffs. It was believed to be impossible to climb until 1957, when American rock climbing pioneer Warren Harding made it to the top with two aides.

In June, climber Alex Honnold became the first person to free-solo climb the mountain.

CNN’s Amanda Jackson and Stella Chan contributed to this report.