Mining Rescue Operations may Resume this Afternoon

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The owner of the Crandall Canyon Mine says it will be Wednesday afternoon at the earliest before rescuers can start digging again to try to reach six trapped miners.

Mining officials say that seismic activity stalled the underground efforts Tuesday and wiped out the work that had been going on since Monday.

Drilling efforts are still going on, however. Officials hope that one of two small holes that are being drilled into the mountain will reach the spot where the miners may be.

If the drilling is successful, it could provide information on the miners' condition long before rescuers will be able to dig their way through the rubble.

Residents of the mining region in Emery County are trying to remain upbeat. About 35 people including several miners prayed for the six men Tuesday evening at a spanish-language mass in a church outside Huntington.

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