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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Workers trapped in tunnel collapse at Freeport Indonesia mine

An unknown number of workers at the Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc are trapped underground after a tunnel collapsed at the world's second-largest copper mine, a statement from the Arizona-based firm said on Tuesday.

Freeport Indonesia operates the Grasberg mine in west Papua province, which also has the world's largest gold reserves and employs just over 24,000 contract and non-contract workers.

An emergency response and safety team are now conducting a search and rescue, the Freeport statement said. There were no details on the number of workers trapped or casualties, and whether mine output had been affected.