The National Park Service announced Thursday that it will permanently close parts of Yosemite Valley's Curry Village, including 18 popular cabins that lie in the path of potential rockfall from Glacier Point. A U.S. Geological Survey study indicates that the iconic 3,000-foot Glacier Point, which rises above Curry Village, is susceptible to rock avalanches that threaten visitors. A 2008 rockfall that heaved 570 dump-truck loads of rubble onto 17 cabins in the village prompted the new study, the first to evaluate danger to humans in Yosemite. "There are no absolutely safe areas in Yosemite Valley," said Greg Stock, a park geologist and author of the study. Rockfalls have killed 15 people in Yosemite since 1857.
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