California: Violent storm destroyed a legendary sequoia tree

The storm that has befallen California was fatal to a legendary redwood tree, according to AFP.

The giant Pioneer Cabin Tree, located in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, probably older than 1,000 years, crashed, according to officials of the park.

‘We have lost a dear friend today, Pioneer Cabin Tree, the tree through which we could cross by car could not resist to the unleashed nature and crashed’, said Jim Allday, a volunteer of this park in Sacramento, in a message he posted on Facebook, with the picture of the collapsed tree.

This redwood had been hollowed in 1880 and became a major tourist attraction of the park.

Joan, Jim Allday’s wife, told the San Francisco Gate newspaper that its roots had weakened and the sequoia was bending sideways.

California and Nevada were affected by a strong storm that caused flooding, electricity outages and landslides in some areas this weekend.

Bad weather also caused the closure of Yosemite National Park. Another storm is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday in California.

The largest tree in the world is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in Sequoia National Park, California. Named ‘General Sherman’, the tree has a volume of approximately 1,487 cubic meters.

Its volume is equivalent to more than half the volume of an Olympic swimming pool.

General Sherman is estimated to have about 2,000 years, which means that he is a middle-aged sequoia, given that on Earth there are redwood trees older than 3,220 years.

Also, General Sherman has a height of 83,8 meters. Even if it is, indeed, an impressive, the place of honor rests with Hyperion, a Californian redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which has a height of 115,7m.