Kennecott mine evacuated after landslide motion sensed

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:33 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials say about 100 workers were evacuated from Kennecott Utah Cooper’s Bingham Canyon Mine Wednesday after movement was detected in same area of a massive landslide this spring.

Kennecott spokesman Kyle Bennett tells the Deseret News about 400 feet of material moved a few hundred feet about 6 p.m.

Bennett says an excavator operator raised the alarm, and the company evacuated the mine as a precaution.

He says nobody was injured.

The mine was the site of a huge slide in April that involved 165 million tons of earth and caused major disruptions in mine operations.

Bennett says inspectors were expected to examine the area Thursday morning.

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