Wednesday, October 03, 2007

This looks like a misprint

The first paragraph in an Associated Press story today reads,
Some 3,000 gold miners were trapped a mile underground Wednesday when falling pipe damaged the elevator, but the company began rescuing workers through a smaller shaft and estimated it would take 10 hours to get them all out.
Three thousand miners... ah, three thousand? That's huge. Not 30 or 300 but 3,000 miners trapped underground! I'm having a hard time fathoming the size of such a mine and such an operation.

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