SANTIAGO: Specialists in Chile on Tuesday had been investigating the looks of an infinite sinkhole, larger than a tennis court docket, that has appeared close to a copper mine within the Atacama desert.
Specialists had been dispatched to look at the opening, some 32 meters (104 ft) throughout and twice as deep, which appeared in an space about 800 kilometers (practically 500 miles) north of Santiago over the weekend, the Nationwide Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) mentioned in a press release.
A 100-meter safety perimeter has been erected across the gap within the Tierra Amarilla municipality, close to the Alcaparrosa mine operated by Canadian agency Lundin Mining.
The corporate mentioned in a press release there had been “no affect to personnel, tools or infrastructure,” and the sinkhole has remained steady since its detection.
As a safety measure, “improvement work in an space of the Alcaparrosa underground mine has been quickly suspended,” the corporate mentioned.
Sernageomin director David Montenegro mentioned specialists would search to find out the reason for the collapse and “be certain that all security measures are taken to safeguard the lives of staff and communities near the location.”
Cristian Zuniga, mayor of the Tierra Amarilla municipality of some 13,000 inhabitants, informed journalists the sinkhole was unprecedented.
“We ask that the trigger be clarified: whether or not the collapse is the product of mining exercise or one thing else,” he mentioned.
Chile is the world’s largest copper producer, chargeable for 1 / 4 of worldwide provide.