A rock slid in the Novo-Kalyinskaya mine of the North Urals Bauxite Mine (SUBR), a subsidiary of Russian aluminum giant UC RUSAL in the Sverdlovsk region, blocking one miner, a spokeswoman for the regional Prosecutor General’s Office reported.
“It was preliminarily established that a rockburst happened in the Novo-Kalyinskaya mine owned by JSC SUBR, a part of RUSAL holding, at the depth of 1,040 meters. As a result, a rockslide happened. One worker was cut off by the rockslide,” the spokeswoman said.
The Emergency Ministry and an emergency response team of the company are now clearing the rocks and conducting a rescue operation. A source in the Emergency Ministry reported that the fate of the blocked miner was unknown, and 56 miners remained underground.
The regional directorate of the Emergency Ministry said in a statement that the authorities did not evacuate the miners, and that the mine was operating as usual after the rockslide. (Prime/Ukrainian metal)