No injuries reported at Swedish mine hit by large earthquake

May 18, 2020

A large earthquake struck at LKAB’s Kiruna iron ore mine in northern Swedish mine on Monday. No injuries were reported at the mine.

The Associated Press reported that the earthquake was one of the strongest ever measured in the country. It was reported that 13 people were in the mine at the time.

The Swedish National Seismic Network said the earthquake was magnitude 4.1, just shy of the 4.3 earthquake measured in southern Sweden in December 2008.

The shake occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in the town of Kiruna. The mine is said to be the largest and most modern underground iron ore mine in the world. The Norwegian Seismic Array NORSAR said the earthquake was tied to the ore extraction activities.

Fredrik Bjorkenwall, a spokesman for the company that owns the mine, LKAB, told Sweden’s Aftonbladet tabloid that the water level in the Kiruna mine was rising but pumps were working. He said there were 13 people in the mine at the time of the shake, but no one was injured.

 

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