A flood traps coal miners & stops bitcoin mining, China
13 April 2021
16 April 2018
Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France -
Flooding, hydrology, river, natural resources, mine, mountain range, China
Fig. 1 - S3 OLCI (16.04.2021) - Fengyuan mine lies near Ürümqi in Borohoro mountains, a part of the Tian Shan range in Uyghur Region.
Fig. 2 - S2 (13.04.2021) - Some 29 miners were initially trapped by a flood, but rescuers managed to free eight of them.
Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often weakly enforced.
Fig. 3 - S2 (13.04.2021) - The mine is believed to be a crucial link in the energy supply chain for Bitcoin mining.
Fig. 4 - S2 (13.04.2021) - The resulting blackout halted no less than one-third of all of Bitcoin's global computing power.
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Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2023, processed by VisioTerra.
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