Seismologist Made First 911 Call After Mine Collapse

An ambulance leaves the Crandall Canyon Mine near Huntington, Utah, Aug. 16, 2007, after rocks from a "bump" inside the mine hit rescue workers who were trying to find six coal miners trapped in the mine since an Aug. 6th collapse. (AP)
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Huntington, Utah (AP) Three weeks after a cave-in at a Utah coal mine, more details are emerging about the early hours of the crisis at the Crandall Canyon Mine.

Emergency 911 tapes released by the Emery County Sheriff show that a University of Utah scientist was the first to alert authorities there.

Walter Arabasz, of the University's Seismograph Stations, called to say that a seismic event seemed to be coming from the mine.

Four minutes later, a mine employee called 911 seeking an ambulance. The worker said, “we had a big cave-in up here.”

Six miners remain trapped today, 1,500 feet below ground.



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