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Conditions in Mine are Likely Cool, Certainly Dark

Conditions in Mine are Likely Cool, Certainly Dark

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Dr. Kim Mulvihill ReportingHopes and prayers are with the six men trapped three miles inside a canyon wall. The best case scenario is the men survived the cave-in and are in place with plenty of air and water, but physically, what are they enduring?

We're told the area the men are in has a room temperature of about 58 degrees. It might be a little damp, but not like you would find in a cave.

The miners were working in an area that had eight foot ceilings and was 18 feet wide. The only light would be from the lamps attached to their hard hats. Miners are trained to ration the light in order to extend the amount of time they'll have it, otherwise they're in a blanket of darkness.

Psychologically, the situation is sure to be stressful as well as scary.

The mine owner has said there should be plenty of oxygen in the area, but others have expressed concern that there might not be enough. Part of the concern is that other, heavier gases, like carbon monoxide, which is toxic, or methane could use up the oxygen or displacing the oxygen. If oxygen levels fall, the miners will become very tired feeling.

Everything ultimately depends on the physical condition of the miners. It's unknown at this time if they were injured or killed, so it's impossible to really know what they're going through.

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