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Earlier on Thursday, a 30-metre high rock formation on the Eiger known as the Madonna fell as a result of the pressure. Geologists had predicted last week that a dramatic fall was imminent because of the retreat of the glacier – blamed on global warming. A slab had been moving away from the rock face at a rate of up to a metre a day and a fissure between the two surfaces, which was first spotted at the beginning of last month, had grown to about five metres.