'Tectonic Activity' Curbs Mine Rescue

Work suspended until this afternoon; CEO promises news on workers in 3 days
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2007 5:04 AM CDT
Graphic shows attempts to rescue workers from a mine collapse in Utah; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101.6 mm   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The CEO of a collapsed Utah mine claimed that ongoing “seismic and tectonic activity”  curbed yesterday’s attempts at rescuing 6 miners who remain trapped 1,500 feet underground. He told CNN that the rescue dig won't resume until this afternoon and that the miners won't be reached for at least a week, although their condition will be known in 48 to 72 hours.

He blames the initial caving of the site Monday on a 4.0 quake, but experts counter that the collapse may have been what generated enough seismic waves to look like an earthquake. The CEO remains combative with reporters who blame the collapse on a mining technique and vows to stay on the site until his men are rescued “dead or alive.”