Rio Tinto declares force majeure at Kennecott after earthquake

Rio Tinto has declared force majeure on shipments of copper cathode from its Kennecott copper mine in the US state of Utah following a 5.7-magnitude earthquake near the site last month.

All operations at the site were temporarily halted after the quake, with staff evacuated while an assessment was made. The mine, concentrator and tailings have since resumed operations, but the company has been working to clear and restart the furnace after the emergency shutdown.

“We are working to restart Kennecott’s smelter after the emergency shutdown...


Andrea Hotter

Rijuta Dey Bera

April 02, 2020

18:25 GMT

New York