Utah Mine Collapses, Trapping 6

Rescue operation under way after report of seismic event
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2007 1:54 PM CDT
Locator map for Utah mine collapse. Six miners were trapped Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, when an underground coal mine collapsed less than 20 miles from epicenter of a minor earthquake, authorities said. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Six people are feared trapped in a coal mine in Huntington Canyon, Utah, after a possible earthquake caused a cave-in today at 2:48am. The miners were working 4 miles from the entrance when the mine collapsed an hour later; rescue teams are now within 2,500 feet of their location, federal mine safety officials tell the Deseret News.

"At this point all we know is six unaccounted for and trapped in the mine," said the Emery County sheriff. The miners are 1,500 feet below ground, ABC News reports, and rescuers have not been able to make contact. Researchers are determining whether a seismic event reported early today was an earthquake or a vibration that originated in the mine.