Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Miners Briefly Stuck Underground after Small Earthquake

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Miners Briefly Stuck Underground after Small Earthquake

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Miners stuck underground after earthquake

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ROCANVILLE, Sask. - Some people were shaken awake and some miners stuck underground in southeast Saskatchewan when a magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit early Monday morning.

Earthquakes Canada said it happened around 4:40 a.m., and was centred about 32 kilometres east-southeast of Yorkton.

The Potash Corp. mine near Rocanville, Sask., had to switch to backup power when a power outage occurred.

However, that wasn't enough to run the hoists so about 40 people were stuck underground for a while.

Randy Burton of Potash Corp. said the people underground went to refuge stations with power, air, and water until the power came back on.

The workers were then slowly brought back up to the surface -- the last person coming up at about 11:30 a.m.

The company hasn't sent crews back down since, but it's not because of the outage. …

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