UPDATE 1-Codelco says Chuquicamata mine halted after fatal accident

martes 30 de agosto de 2016 15:17 GYT

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SANTIAGO Aug 30 (Reuters) - Two workers died in an accident on Tuesday at Chilean state-owned miner Codelco's massive Chuquicamata mine, the company said, prompting the world's No.1 copper producer to halt mining activities there.

At around 1 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, two workers were involved in a fatal accident while inside the Chuquicamata mine, the company said in a statement.

Codelco said it "immediately suspended mining activities" at Chuquicamata and started investigating what caused the accident.

Chuquicamata, one of Codelco's biggest mines, churned out 149,000 tonnes of the red metal in the first six months of 2016. (Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by James Dalgleish and Alan Crosby)