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Seven Miners Injured After Rock Burst at Idaho Mine

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MULLAN, Idaho) -- Seven miners were injured Wednesday evening following a rock burst at a mine in Mullan, Idaho.

The incident occurred around 7:50 p.m. at the Lucky Friday Mine.  The mine's owner told ABC News a rock burst -- or a spontaneous fracturing of rock -- 5,900 feet underground was to blame, not a collapse as had previously been speculated.  She said the burst was caused by a seismic event and was not related to mining activity.

A representative from the mine said that all of its employees -- 20, according to ABC News affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash. -- were out of the mine and have been accounted for.  Seven were taken to nearby hospitals, six with non-life threatening injuries.  The other injured miner was moved to a larger hospital.  That miner's condition is not yet known.

The Lucky Friday Mine has since been closed.

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Crews Recover Idaho Miner's Body

Simon Baker-Pool/Getty Images (File)(MULLAN, Idaho) -- Search crews on Sunday found the dead body of a miner who got trapped in an Idaho mine which collapsed on April 15.

The Hecla Mining Company (HCM) issued a news release saying that the body of Larry Marek was recovered on Sunday afternoon by crews. The company says the next step is to conduct an in-depth investigation into how and why the tragic incident occurred.

Earlier Sunday, company officials said they believed Marek was killed in the incident as he was “under the fall of ground” when the mine collapsed. Marek became trapped when part of the Lucky Friday mine in northern Idaho collapsed on April 15.

In a statement posted on the company’s website, HCM said, “Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of our friend, colleague and 30-year veteran of the mining industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends.”

Marek was employed with HCM for more than 12 years.

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Idaho Mine Collapses; One Missing

Simon Baker-Pool/Getty Images (file)(MULLAN, Idaho) -- Mine officials tell ABC News they'll be working around the clock to rescue a miner who went missing Friday after a collapse at the Lucky Friday silver mine in Mullan, Idaho.

According to officials, the collapse happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday, blocking a portion of the mine. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed Saturday that one miner was missing. The miner's identity was not released.

Lucky Friday Mine is one of two silver mines owned by the Hecla Mining Company, which describes itself as the oldest U.S.-based precious metal mining company.

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