By Stephen Nakrosis 
 

Rio Tinto on Wednesday said it was temporarily halting operations at its Kennecott mine near Salt Lake City, Utah, following an earthquake.

The company said the copper mine was impacted by a 5.7-magnitude quake that struck close to the town of Magna. "All employees have been safely accounted for and evacuated from the potential risk areas," the company said.

The company also said it identified "limited damage to the operation or risk to the surrounding community."

Rio Tinto is carrying out a detailed inspection of the complex in conjunction with local emergency services and the Utah Department of Transportation.

 

--Write to Stephen Nakrosis at stephen.nakrosis@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 18, 2020 17:06 ET (21:06 GMT)

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