In another horrific twist in the story of the six Utah miners trapped 1,500 feet underground, three rescue workers were killed and others injured when seismic activity caused another cave-in last night. As is suspected in the initial collapse, the latest accident was caused by a "seismic bump," in which pressure from inside the mine shoots rocks with great force from the walls. Rescue workers had drilled three holes and had started a fourth to lower sensors and possibly food and water down to the miners. So far they have picked up no signs that the six are alive; however, sensors detected the air is breathable. Yesterday, a device detected a "noise" or vibration that lasted five minutes, giving family members hope that their kin are still alive. After last night's accident, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said he did not want underground tunneling to resume, but the decision has yet to be made.
The death toll is now thought to be more than 500 in an earthquake that rattled Peru's southern desert on Wednesday. Early this morning at least five aftershocks shook the country. Family members are now in the process of going through body bags trying to identify the dead as rescue workers continue to pull remains from the rubble. One church that collapsed in Pisco is thought to have crushed 200 people when the magnitude-8 quake hit.
The president's daughter and a presidential hopeful's son were both in the news yesterday. The White House announced that 25-year-old Jenna Bush, one of the president's twin daughters, is engaged to her boyfriend, Henry Hager. They met while President Bush was campaigning for re-election in 2004 and Hager worked on the campaign. He, too, comes from a political family. His father is chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and is a former Virginia lieutenant governor.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden's son is headed to Iraq in early 2008 as a member of the Delaware National Guard. Beau Biden currently serves as the state's attorney general. Biden said on the campaign trail that he didn't want his son going but that he'd rather his son go than have a grandson or granddaughter having to go back in the future. Two other candidates, Sen. John McCain and Rep. Duncan Hunter, both Republicans, have had their sons deployed to Iraq.