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Chile's massive copper mines appear to dodge quake harm

Published on Apr 2, 2014 10:06 AM
People gathering in the street following a tsunami alert after a powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile's Pacific coast on April 1, 2014, in Antofagasta. -- PHOTO: AFP

SANTIAGO (REUTERS) - Mines in world No. 1 copper producer Chile appear to have emerged unscathed from a major quake that struck near the mineral-rich north of the Andean country on Tuesday.

Chile's Collahuasi copper mine and port have not reported any problems so far following the 8.2-magnitude earthquake, Chief Executive Officer Jorge Gomez told Reuters.

A joint venture led by Anglo American and Glencore Xstrata, Collahuasi was one of the big mines closest to the epicentre.

State copper miner Codelco and London-listed Antofagasta both said their mines were functioning normally.

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