Landslide buries 83 miners in Tibet


BEIJING — A massive landslide engulfed a gold mining area in mountainous Tibet, burying 83 workers believed to have been asleep early Friday morning [March 29, 2013] , Chinese state media said.

About 2 million cubic meters (2.6 million cubic yards) of mud, rock and debris swept through the area as the workers were resting and covered an area measuring around 4 square kilometers (1.5 square miles), China Central Television said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the workers in Lhasa’s Maizhokunggar county worked for a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp., a state-owned enterprise and the country’s largest gold producer.

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Comment by Kojima on March 31, 2013 at 4:28pm

Tibet mine landslide: Hopes fade for survivors [BBC News 30 March 2013]

* The miners' camp, 70km (45 miles) east of Lhasa, was destroyed by thousands of tonnes of rock.

* The mine in Maizhokunggar county, which produces copper, as well as some silver and gold, is operated by a subsidiary of state-owned China National Gold Group, China's biggest gold producer.

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