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Six Miners Trapped After Utah Quake

August 6, 2007

Officials say six Miners were trapped Monday when an underground coal mine collapsed less than 20 miles from the epicenter of a minor earthquake.

The Genwal mine reported a cave-in at 3:50 a.m., an hour after the magnitude 4.0 earthquake, the Emery County sheriff's office said.

"Rescue workers are on scene trying to locate six miners that
are unaccounted for" said the sheriff's office.

A rescue team with heavy equipment was sent to the area, about 140 miles south of Salt Lake City, by Rocky Mountain Power, a utility power plant in the area, said company spokesman Dave Eskelsen.

A command center was being set up about 15 miles from the mine said Teresa Behunin, an accountant with Utah American Energy, which owns the mine.

There's no word yet on any injuries or damages caused by the quake.


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