New details in copper mine slide released

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Before/after picture shows effects of Wednesday night's landslide. (Source: Kennecott Utah)

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Kennecott Utah Copper has released new details regarding a massive landslide that occurred Wednesday at its Bingham Canyon Mine.

“The size of the slide was significant. We don’t have information yet regarding the magnitude or impact, we do know that the flow into the pit extended beyond the scenarios we forecasted, having a greater impact on equipment,” the company said in a press release issued Friday morning.

The press released said employees, including mine employees, are asked to report for their regularly scheduled shifts.

A building structure and some equipment were damaged in the slide and there have not been any significant changes in the area where it occurred since Wednesday night.

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