Kennecott mine evacuated after landslide motion sensed
Thursday , September 12, 2013 - 9:20 AM
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.