2006 Copiapó mining accident
|Date||January 20, 2006|
|Time||08:30 local time (11:30 UTC)|
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.
The explosion caused two deaths and two injuries. Seventy miners were trapped.
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. Rescue efforts lasted seven hours, and the 70 trapped miners were rescued alive.
- "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.
- "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.
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