Was the grinding plant and the conveyor head roller (used for underground
transport to Magna) affected? The pics show far more damage than the spin
indicates. Feeling brave? Hit the Cu futures market Monday AM and line up your
retirement. The mine is a step pit. The sides taper out as they go up with
"steps" built all the way around the hole. Oh, Jumpyman, the red dirt
does not indicate copper - green rock does. One percent ore is decent stuff. Two
percent is wonder ore. Depending on damage to the grinding/head roller plant it
may take years to get the ore transport speed back to normal (the first big
production headache). Re-establishing the step sides and the road system is a
safety issue as well as a process problem. The first big loser on this is
Hercules Power Co. It will be awhile before the mine's explosive orders get
back to normal. The mine does a lot of underground lateral work targeting high
value ore but they cannot process it without a working conveyer (which is
underground and runs for miles north to the community of Magna). Copper is going
UP in price, big time.
But instead of picking the stuff up from high up and taking it just a bit
further they will have to either pick it up from the bottom and lift it to the
top and out, or if the mine floor is at the bottom of the copper ore how about
piling up a mountain over the floor?
Kudos to all involved in assuring the safety of all.
From the pictures it seems that slide could have turned to the right very easily
and destroyed that entire building complex. It did take out part of the highway.
Definitely some luck went with the planning and prevention efforts.
Nice to know that Ma Nature will eventually bury that ugly hole.
A note of recognition should be made for the management team of the mine for
taking precautionary measures and ensuring the safety of the employees. Well
done to the management team here! The phrase, "we will not take a risk"
is something that could and should be emulated by all corporations.
Maybe the land movements of the past 110 years have impacted on their
visitor's center having structural problems and it is not just a landslide
involving the mine itself. The commercial properties that Kennecott
made into residential areas are not that far away.
Congrats to the management and engineers of the mine who were able to detect the
risk before it happened thereby avoiding death and injury. This could have
been a major disaster.
A gold star to Rio Tinto for its safety measures. The rest of the mining
industry should take notes on how to keep people safe.
WOW! The size of that landslide is amazing.Himebaugh is doing his best to
put a positive spin on this disaster, but I think the enormity of this
"anticipated" landslide surprised them. Otherwise how do you explain all
the damage to buildings, several of the largest trucks in the world, and other
mining equipment buried by the slide. Calling the slide "significant" is
the understatement of the century!
It reminds me of the explosion they showed on TV in the 60s as part of the
Kennecott Sunday Night Movie (or some such a title). They showed the crew
blasting ore out of the mountain with classical music playing in the
background.Of course, this landslide was bigger by a factor of 10,000 or
so I would guess.The photos show the magnitude of the problem. Nice.
That's awesome looking
Whoosh! It's a good thing that they moved most of the equipment before this
happened. Now the building is on a precipice, and is quite a dangerous
situation. It clearly shows that you have to start from the bottom and go
upwards from there!Beautiful photography!
Good photo coverage Ravell.
There is some good color in that landslide. There ought to be some good our to
be mined there.
This may be a big hit to the Utah economy.
Well on the bright side, they won't have to use explosives to move all that
material, which should save them a ton of money. All they have to do now is go
scoop it out of the bottom of the pit. Thanks mother nature!