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The slide at Bingham Canyon Mine happened on April 11th, but it's hard to comprehend w/o seeing the picture at the link. The sheer amount of work to re-open the pit hasn't yet been determined. The mine provides about 17% of U.S. copper consumption. Look for escalating copper prices.

But the scale of the landslide was a surprise. Approximately 165 million tons of rock shifted, causing a highly localized earthquake measuring 5.1 Richter. It damaged or destroyed roads, power lines, and other infrastructure, and a number of the giant shovels and dump trucks that move ore and waste rock out of the pit.


http://boingboing.net/2013/04/22/inside-a-mile-deep-open-pit...
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