MINES IN SEISMICALLY ACTIVE REGIONS TAKE SPECIAL CARE TO BE PROTECTED FROM EARTHQUAKES

BY PAUL COCHRANE, ALAN OSBORN and GAVIN BLAIR

EARTHQUAKES spell potential disasters for mining companies. Not only do they pose obvious safety risks, but the danger that a serious earth tremor could destroy or weaken environmental protection measures put in place at mine sites are significant. Tailing ponds dams, slag dumps, chemical stores and more are all threatened by earthquakes, for instance. As a result, mining companies around the world that work in seismically active zones have had to take special precautions to protect their operations. Here ...


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