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Old 08-06-2007, 07:12 PM   #1
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AP - Hundreds of rescuers broke through walls of rock Monday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet below ground by a cave-in so powerful authorities initially thought it was an earthquake.



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Mine Search 'Back to Square One,' Won't Reach Men For At Least a Week

Major Setback in Utah Mine Rescue Effort
Aug 8, 2007 - Utah Mine Executive Says Setback in Rescue Operations Means Long Delay in Reaching Miners
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Dangerous conditions that forced rescuers to halt attempts to reach six trapped miners will prevent crews from reaching the men for at least a week, a mining executive said. Seismic activity "wiped out" all progress rescuers had made in clearing rubble that has trapped the miners since Monday, said Robert E. Murray, chairman of Murray Energy Corp., owner of the Crandall Canyon mine.

"We are back to square one underground," he said, adding that the rescue operation would resume no earlier than Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for University of Utah seismologists said Wednesday that all evidence indicates it was the mine collapse, not an earthquake, that registered on a seismograph early Monday, and that scientists suspect further shaking at the site is caused by settling.

Though rescue crews withdrew from inside the mine, drilling continued on the surface. Two holes were being bored vertically in an attempt to get air and food to the miners and to communicate with them, said Richard Stickler, head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The holes are small one is 2 1/2 inches in diameter and the other less than 9 inches but Murray said they should bring information about the status of the miners in the next few days. If the miners are alive, he said, they could survive on available air "for perhaps weeks."

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Sunday, 19 August 2007, Church services were held for the miners on Sunday
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Six miners trapped after a tunnel collapse in the US state of Utah may never be found, officials have said. Tests from a fourth hole drilled more than 1,500ft (457m) into the mountainside found the air quality could not sustain life.

Rescue efforts following the 6 August collapse were suspended after a cave-in left three rescuers dead. No contact has been made with the six trapped miners since a tunnel collapsed 1,500ft (457m) underground.

Since the first mine collapse, rescue teams had tunnelled about 250m towards the trapped miners, with about 350m to go, when the second accident happened at 1835 (0035 GMT) on Thursday.

Thursday's collapse was caused by a "mountain bump" - a build-up of pressure inside a mine from overhead rock that forces surrounding rock and coal to shoot out of the walls with great force, experts said.

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