UPDATE 3-Chile mines dodge quake harm, but Collahuasi workers evacuated

Wed Apr 2, 2014 12:37am EDT
 
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* Most mines in Chile designed to withstand tremors

* Collahuasi copper mine reports no problems

* But evacuates some workers to be with families (Changes date in dateline; adds Collahuasi CEO comment)

By Alexandra Ulmer and Fabian Cambero

SANTIAGO, April 2 (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.

Most mines in quake-prone Chile, which supplies around a third of the world's copper, are designed to withstand tremors.

The Collahuasi copper mine and port did not report any damage, but some workers were evacuated to be with their families following the 8.2-magnitude earthquake.

"We facilitated the descent of people who wanted to be with their families," mine Chief Executive Officer Jorge Gomez told Reuters in an email. The mine is perched high in mountains.

"The port's operations are completely halted because we had to evacuate everyone, as per the authorities' orders."   Continued...