SQUAMISH, BC – A significant rockfall occurred at the Chief near the Witch formation yesterday, startling local residents and reminding them of the potential hazards associated with living near such an iconic natural landmark. The loud sounds of rocks tumbling and crashing echoed throughout the area, with many comparing the noise to thunder or even an earthquake.
Social media lit up with reports of the rockfall, as people shared their experiences and photos of the dust cloud that followed. Some locals in the area had anticipated such an event, as this time of year is known for rockfall incidents. The Chief, a granite dome in Squamish, is a popular destination for climbers and hikers alike.
A number of residents described the rockfall as being larger and louder than ones they had experienced in the past. Others mentioned feeling the ground shake, particularly those living close to Magnolia Street. Despite the danger, people continue to climb the Chief, which has become an integral part of the local community’s identity.
This event serves as a reminder of the natural forces at play and the importance of being aware of potential hazards in the area. As one resident noted, realtors should advise their clients of the possibility of rockfalls, especially for newcomers to the region who may be unfamiliar with such occurrences.
For now, locals will likely be more vigilant when exploring the Chief and its surroundings. While rockfalls are a natural phenomenon, it is essential to remain cautious and stay informed about potential risks, particularly during this time of year when the expansion and contraction of rock can cause instability.