Yosemite rock falls lead to Ahwanhee evacuation

August 26, 2009 

The Ahwanhee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has been evacuated after several different rock falls that began this morning continued into the afternoon.

Between 70 and 80 guests were booked at the hotel, said Scott Gediman, chief media officer for the park.

The falling rocks were reported in the area of Royal Arches.

"We basically have asked people to leave the Ahwanhee and we are evaluating the situation now," Gediman said.

There have been no injuries and no reports of structural damage, Gediman said.

A park geologist will come in to evaluate the area and decide the risk of a more substantial rockslide this afternoon.

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