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Landslide forces layoffs at Kennecott Utah Copper (63 photos)

By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News

Published: Friday, May 3 2013 5:54 p.m. MDT

Members of the media view the slide during a tour of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Members of the media view the slide during a tour of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Motorists drive into Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott  Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine.

Motorists drive into Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Motorists drive into Copperton Township  Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine.

Motorists drive into Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

The visitors center entrance to Kennecott  Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Friday, April 12, 2013.

The visitors center entrance to Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Friday, April 12, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Kelly Sanders, president and CEO of Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper, answers questions during a media tour of the Bingham Canyon Mine on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Kelly Sanders, president and CEO of Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper, answers questions during a media tour of the Bingham Canyon Mine on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

"Tex" Dick Walters, retired shovel operator with Kennecott, talks about the Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine in Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Homes in  Copperton Township  Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott  Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine.

Homes in Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

"Tex" Dick Walters, retired shovel operator with Kennecott, talks about the Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine in Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

 Kennecott  Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Friday, April 12, 2013.

Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Friday, April 12, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

 Kennecott  Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Friday, April 12, 2013.

Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine Friday, April 12, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon mine and slide during a press tour, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon mine and slide during a press tour, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

"Tex" Dick Walters, retired shovel operator with Kennecott, talks about the Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine in Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A panoramic of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide is shown in this composite of two photos Thursday, April 25, 2013.

A panoramic of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide is shown in this composite of two photos Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A motorist drives outside of Copperton Township  Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine.

A motorist drives outside of Copperton Township Friday, April 12, 2013, with a view of Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The view of Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine and slide during a press tour Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A landslide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine, which occurred Wednesday, April 10, 2013, is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013.

A slide at Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine which occurred Wednesday, April 10 is shown Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)