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September 22, 2014, 11:17 am
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More Mines Under Springfield Neighborhoods Than Previously Thought


More Springfield neighborhoods than originally thought are sitting on top of old mines… raising new fears about potential damage from mine subsidence.

 

The State Journal-Register reports new data from the state revealed old mines... dating back to before the 1880s… sit underneath homes and businesses in an area bounded by 5th Street, MacArthur, Laurel and Ash.

 

Much of Springfield has been built up over abandoned mines… leading to periodic structural damage when that ground shifts or caves in.

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