Mysterious sinkhole in Chile opens near an underground mine

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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.”

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An aerial view taken on Monday August 18.  1, showing a large sinkhole that appeared over the weekend near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla, Copiapo Province, Chile's Atacama Desert.

An aerial view taken on Monday August 18. 1, showing a large sinkhole that appeared over the weekend near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla, Copiapo Province, Chile’s Atacama Desert.
(Johan Godoy/AFP via Getty Images)

“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.

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It is not immediately clear why the sinkhole opened up.

A 328-foot safety perimeter was erected around the hole near the Alcaparrosa mine operated by Canadian company Lundin Mining.

A 328-foot safety perimeter was erected around the hole near the Alcaparrosa mine operated by Canadian company Lundin Mining.
(Johan Godoy/AFP via Getty Images)

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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.

The sinkhole has remained stable since its detection, says Lundin Mining.

The sinkhole has remained stable since its detection, says Lundin Mining.
(Reuters/Johan Godoy)

“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.