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2:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Kennecott Slides Caused Earthquakes

Landslides on April 10, 2013 brought down more than 160 million tons of rock and debris in the Kennecott Bingham Canyon copper mine.
University of Utah

  The huge landslides that shut down Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon copper mine last year were bad news for the company, but they’ve yielded a scientific breakthrough for researchers at the University of Utah.

  That’s a recording of the seismic waves from one of the landslides that sent 165-million tons of rock from the top to the bottom of the Kennecott mine on April 10th. 

Seismologist Kristine Pankow says what follows are two small earthquakes.

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