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8 MINERS DIE AS EARTH COLLAPSES IN BRAZIL

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Eight miners were killed and five injured when a hill of loose earth gave way at a gold mining pit in the northeastern Amazon state of Para, officials said.

The disaster occurred around Wednesday morning in the remote mountain range of Serra Pelada, some 1,900 miles northwest of Rio, when a 50-foot wall of loose earth collapsed and swallowed the men alive, said Manoel Candido, leader of the Serra Peleda Mining Cooperative."A wall of earth completely smothered them," Candido said by telephone.

Candido said the victims were among a group of some 40 men working at the time of the mudslide in the mine, known as the "Deep Hole." Some 25,000 miners work in the region, he said.