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Whitney Portal area closed due to rockslides caused by earthquake

Whitney Portal campgrounds closed due to rockslides
Whitney Portal campgrounds closed due to rockslides
Whitney Portal campgrounds closed due to rockslides
Whitney Portal campgrounds closed due to rockslides
Whitney Portal campgrounds closed due to rockslides
Posted at 2:26 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:27:03-04

The Whitney Portal campgrounds are being evacuated due to rockslides caused by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Lone Pine area on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a post on the Inyo County Sherrif's Office, the area is "being evacuated due to rockslide south of the main parking lot. No injuries reported at this time. It is unclear at this time if the main Mt Whitney trail has been affected. It is believed that this slide was triggered by the recent 5.8 earthquake near the Lone Pine area."

The sheriff's office said that Horseshow Meadows Road is closed due to debris and rocks in the roadway. Onion Valley Road and Glacier Lodge Road remain open.