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scenic mountain region in east-central California, U.S. It is situated about 140 miles (225 km) east of the city of San Francisco; Devils Postpile National Monument lies about 15 miles (25 km) to the east and Kings Canyon National Park about 40 miles (65 km) to the southeast.
On January 17, 1994, an earthquake rocked Los Angeles, California, killing 54 people and causing billions of dollars in damages.
The most populous state in the U.S., California joined the union in 1850.
Stretching more than 3,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the United States of America is comprised of 50 states, each with its own unique traditions and history.
This 761,268-acre park was created by an act of Congress on October 1, 1890. The land that became Yosemite had been occupied by Native American groups including the Ahwahneechee for generations before the arrival of Europeans in the 19th century. Concerned about the destruction of the Western landscape, John Muir and his colleagues campaigned successfully for federal protection of this environmentally rich area. Today, Yosemite hosts around 3.7 million visitors a year. The park is known for its wide range of intact natural habitats and high biodiversity.
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