Six miners trapped after Utah coal mine collapses

A coal mine collapsed in central Utah, trapping six miners, after a 4.0 magnitude earthquake early on Monday, officials said.

Six miners trapped after Utah coal mine collapses
Our understanding is that six miners were unaccounted for," said Mary Wilson, a spokeswoman for Utah's Bureau of Land Management. "Two mine rescue teams are on site."

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.0 earthquake occurred Monday morning at 2:48 a.m. (0848 GMT), about 97 miles

southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. A magnitude 4 quake is capable of causing moderate damage.

The "cave-in" was reported to the Emery County sheriff's office at 3:50 a.m. (5:50 a.m. EDT), said Sergeant Bliss Mead, a spokesman for the sheriff's' office.

The GenWal mine is about 15 miles west of Huntington, Utah, or 120 miles south of Salt Lake City, in a remote part of the state known for mining. It is operated by Utah American Energy, Wilson said.

"Our chief prayer and hope is that these miners are rescued safely and that they are unharmed," Hilary Gordon, the mayor of Huntington, told Fox News.

Reuters
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