Thursday, September 22, 2016

Would have liked to have seen that happen.

Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide | Via
On April 10, 2013, a gigantic chunk of earth and rocks gave away and crashed into the humongous pit created by copper mining at the Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, the United States. Approximately 65 to 70 million cubic meters of debris thundered down the walls of the mine reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The event was so large that it shook the earth and the tremors were picked up by seismic sensors designed to record earthquakes. The intensity recorded by the instruments measured 2.5 in Richter Scale. 
The incident was the largest non-volcanic landslide in the modern history of North America, and it occurred in the largest man-made excavation in the world.


  1. "Would have liked to have seen that happen."
    Only from a distance, only from a distance!

  2. Just went to Google Earth - that mine is enormous!

  3. I don't think it is the biggest excavation in the world since there are deeper open pit mines and to be the biggest it would by default most likely need to be the deepest.

    no mining company want to move more dirt then it needs to.