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No Injuries After Sloughing at Fort Knox

Published On: Nov 04 2013 11:19:34 AM AKST
No Injuries After Sloughing at Fort Knox
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -

No injuries were reported after sloughing was reported at the Fort Knox Mine.

Sloughing happens when rocks and other debris are knocked loose and slide downhill. The sloughing forced the mine operators to shift operations from a west side wall to another region of the mine.

Fort Knox spokeswoman Anna Atchison tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner they use a number of ground sensors which predicted the possibility of movement before it happened Friday.

That gave officials time to take necessary precautions at the open pit mine about 25 miles north of Fairbanks.

She says wall movement is common in pit mining, and they have adjusted mining plans previously to accommodate. However, she says she couldn't remember the last time such wall movement caused sloughing.