(Recasts, adding details about mine status)
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, April 18 Teck Resources
said on Friday its Red Dog operation in Alaska, the
world's largest zinc and lead mine, is operating as usual after
two earthquakes struck a few miles from the site.
Two extremely shallow earthquakes, a magnitude 5.6 and a
magnitude 5.3, struck just minutes apart on Friday afternoon
just a few miles (km) southeast of the mine in remote northwest
Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The USGS revised the strength of the quakes from initial
estimates of 5.5 and 5.4.
"Mild tremors were felt at Red Dog operations. There were no
safety concerns and the mine is currently operating as normal,"
a spokesman said in an email.
Red Dog, located just over 100 miles (160 km) above the
Arctic Circle and employing 550 full-time staff, is expected to
produce between 500,000 and 525,000 tonnes of zinc and
95,000-100,000 tonnes of lead in 2014, according to Teck's 2013
(Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington DC and Josephine Mason
in New York; Editing by Eric Walsh)