On Saturday, authorities were notified of the hole in the Candelaria copper and gold mine in northern Chile. The crater has a radius of more than 30 meters and an estimated depth of about 200 meters. But how it arose is still unclear.
– This is the biggest hole we’ve seen lately. Cristóbal Zuniga tells the BBC: “We are concerned that he is still active and continues to grow.
is the mayor in Tierra Amarilla, an area with a population of about 13,000 and located about 65 miles north of the Chilean capital Santiago.
It is not uncommon for sewer holes to occur in connection with mines, and this is one of the pathways being investigated.
– We have no idea why the materials fell, says Karina Priino, managing director of the mine, which is operated by Swedish-Canadian Lundin Mining, to SVT.
After the sinkhole was discovered, work on the mine was temporarily suspended, but the company stated that no person or type of equipment was injured.
during tuesday Specialists from Chile’s National Geology and Mining Authority have arrived, AFP reports.
– Hopefully it will be clarified whether the collapse was caused by mining activity or something else entirely, Cristóbal Zuniga tells the news agency.
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