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Monday, August 06, 2007

Utah Coal Miners Trapped In Collapse

Six coal miners in Utah are trapped after a tunnel collapsed.

While early reports tied the tunnel collapse to a precipitating earthquake, there now seems to be a consensus that the collapse itself was mistaken for an earthquake.

From ABC News:

    Six miners were trapped in a coal mine Monday by a cave-in so powerful that authorities initially thought it was small earthquake.

    Hours after the cave-in, searchers had been unable to contact the miners and could not be sure whether they were dead or alive. If they survived, a mine executive said, they could have enough air and water to last several days.

From BBC News:

    Rescue teams are working to free six miners trapped after a tunnel in a coal mine gave way in the western US state of Utah, local authorities said.

    The collapse at the Genwal mine at about 0400 (0900 GMT) was so powerful it was mistaken for a small earthquake.

    Scientists later said a 4.0 magnitude seismic recording was actually caused by the disturbance at the mine, the Associated Press news agency said.

    The mine is 140 miles (225km) south of Salt Lake City.

    Emery County sheriff's office said: "Rescue workers are on scene trying to locate six miners that are unaccounted for."

    No contact had yet been made with the miners, who were thought to be 1,500ft (457m) below ground.

    Authorities have been unable to confirm the number of workers underground at the time of the collapse.

I find it interesting that an underground mine in Nevada owned by Newmont had a miner trapped for 13 days in June/July before his body was recovered in. Another recent incident in Montana also lost a miner. Yet those two collapses were barely covered by the national media. Now there are 6 trapped and all attention is focused. Guess the life of one person isn't as important.
I didn't hear or read any reports on the incidents you mentioned. I don't know why the other mine collapses didn't get media coverage. Do you really think it's because the number of individuals trapped? I'd like to hear more from you on that.
I didn't realize that Utah even had underground mines. My grandfather was a strip miner for about 40 years down in Iron County. It could be dangerous, but at least you could see the sunlight.
DBS - yeah, my heart goes out to the families and anyone connected to the miners. I couldn't imagine doing that type of work. I'm not claustrophobic, but I'd quickly become so doing underground mining. I'm not cut out for that work, and may God Bless and watch over those that do.

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