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Seismologist Made First 911 Call After Mine Collapse

Seismologist Made First 911 Call After Mine Collapse



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HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Exactly three weeks after the cave-in, 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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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