In one of the most bizarre geological events known, the famous signature landmark of Yosemite National Park was cut by a tremendous movement of the earth as a possible result of the recent Los Angeles earthquake. Geologists are unsure if was an aftershock or a new earthquake. Data from USGS, Boulder is being analyzed. The park has experienced many earthquakes over the decades, but nothing as loud and jarring as today’s.
The quake was preliminarily rated at 6.2 at its epicenter, eight miles under the granite monolith. This caused the south side of the 8,842 ft high “former” dome to split along the so-called Cathedral fracture zone. Nearly the entire south slope was reduced to a rubble pile in the forest below. This image of the famous rock was taken after sunrise and clearly shows the new view from Glacier Point.
The rock has gone from being “Half Dome” to a mass resembling a table. Park Spokeswoman, Abril Phool said that perhaps a new name would be “No Dome.” Due to possible confusion with North Dome, across Tenaya Canyon, she said the moniker “Table Rock” might avoid confusion.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
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