Chilean officials probe mysterious sinkhole near Lundin copper mine


Closures reported of areas from the entrance to the work site of the Alcaparrosa mine

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SANTIAGO — Chilean authorities started investigating on Monday a mysterious sinkhole about 25 metres in diameter that appeared over the weekend in a mining area in the north of the country.

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Sernageomin reported the closure of areas from the entrance to the work site of the Alcaparrosa mine, located near the sinkhole.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Lundin Mining said the sinkhole did not affect any workers or community members.

“The closest home is more than 600 metres (1,969 feet) away while any populated area or public service are almost a kilometre away from the affected zone,” the statement read.

Lundin Mining owns 80 per cent of the property and the rest is held by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation.

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