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Gold mine collapses in Türkiye, trapping people underground

Gold mine collapses in Türkiye, trapping people underground Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

A collapse of rock occurred at the gold mine Çöpler in Erzincan, Türkiye. People may be trapped underground, according to Anadolu.

"Today around 14:00, a landslide occurred at the Çöpler mine in the Ilic district of Erzincan province, and we have been informed that citizens are trapped under the rubble. Personnel have been dispatched from 9 provinces," said Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya.

According to preliminary data, at least nine people may be underground, but the exact number is unknown. It is not possible to contact them. All rescue services are working at the scene.

Locals have been warned about the threat of collapses for the past 8 years.

It is known that the Çöpler mine is operated by Anagold Madencilik, which is 80% owned by the Canadian gold mining company Alacer Gold (SSR Mining), and 20% owned by Lidya Madencilik, a subsidiary of Çalık Group.

In 2022, around the mine, 20 tons of cyanide solution were scattered.

Recall, in mid-January, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 occurred in Romania. Its epicenter was located in the Vrancea zone, 130 kilometers from the border of Ukraine.

In October of last year, an earthquake occurred in the eastern part of Slovakia, which was felt by residents of the western regions of Ukraine.

In September, an earthquake was recorded in the Zakarpattia region near the border with Romania. Its strength was also imperceptible.