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Stunning footage has emerged from a massive sinkhole that opened up near a basement mining operation in northern Chile.
The sinkhole, which Chilean officials estimate to be 105 feet wide and 210 feet deep, first appeared on Saturday.
“Upon detection, the area was immediately sealed off and the relevant regulatory authorities were notified,” Lundin Mining, a Canadian company that owns the site, said in a statement. “There was no impact on personnel, equipment or infrastructure.”
The company also said the chasm remained “stable since detection.”
“The Alcaparrosa mine, which is part of the Minera Ojos del Salado operations, is constantly monitored and no movement related to the superficial sinkhole has been detected,” he added.
It is not immediately clear why the sinkhole opened up.
from Chile National Service of Geology and Minesalso called Sernageomin, said its staff went to the site to gather information and prepare a technical report.
“Professionals from the Regional Directorate and the central level of Sernageomin went around the area to check what had happened, to see if there were any cracks, and entered the mine to see its real condition “, said David Montenegro, its country manager.