2006 Copiapó mining accident

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2006 Copiapó mining accident
DateJanuary 20, 2006
Time08:30 local time (11:30 UTC)
LocationCopiapó, Chile
2 killed
2 Injured

The 2006 Copiapó mining accident occurred on January 20, 2006, when an explosion occurred in the underground Carola-Agustina copper mine in Copiapó, Chile. It was caused by two trucks colliding, and the explosion covered the only escape route for the miners inside the mine.[1][2]

The explosion caused two deaths and two injuries. Seventy miners were trapped.[1]

Shortly after the explosion occurred, workers at the nearby mine, "Punta de Cobre", began digging a tunnel towards the Carola-Agustina mine to assist in rescuing the trapped miners.[1] Rescue efforts lasted seven hours, and the 70 trapped miners were rescued alive.

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  1. ^ a b c "Explosión en mina en Chile deja dos muertos". EsMas.com (in Spanish). 20 January 2006. Archived from the original on 2010-10-21. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Accidente en mina de Atacama deja a cerca de 70 trabajadores atrapados - Cooperativa.cl" (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2010.