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6 coal miners trapped in Utah :-(

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 6 August 2007

Six Coal miners are missing after a cave-in in a Utah coal mine earlier today. There was an earthquake in the vicinity but at the moment it’s undetermined if the cave-in followed or preceded the earthquake though it is believed that the mine collapse caused the earthquake.

Walter Arabasz, the head of the University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations, said there was a link between the quake and the mine collapse, based on wavelengths.

“The seismic waves are consistent with the idea that the mine collapse caused the earthquake,” said Walter Arabasz, who added that more information must be analyzed.

The miners are thought to be 1500 feet/457.2 metres below ground. (1320 feet=1/4 mile) .



The map is cut off a bit on the right side. The necessary information is NOT cut off however. The mine entrance is shown near the top and the red circles to the left (west) of it is the epicentre of the earthquake.



It now appears that what was thought to be an earthquake was actually a seismographic recording of the cave-in; it’s not uncommon for cave-ins to register on the Richter scale. According to CNN, a 1995 cave-in in southwestern Wyoming caused readings as high as 5.4 on the Richter scale-one of at least half a dozen cave-ins to register on seismographs in the last decade.



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