NEWS RELEASE: SEISMIC EVENT AT [Sudbury] CREIGHTON MINE

SUDBURY, August 21, 2011 – Vale is notifying Greater Sudbury residents who may have felt a rumble last evening that a seismic event occurred in the area of Creighton Mine at approximately 9:40 pm.

The seismic event occurred approximately 500 feet from the inner workings of the mine around the 7,200 foot level. In consultation with the Geological Society of Canada in Ottawa, the magnitude of the seismic event was 3.3 Mn followed by three aftershocks measuring 2.1 Mn, 1.5 Mn, and 1.0 Mn respectively.

All employees were immediately accounted for and there were no injuries. There was no damage to the mine or to equipment as a result of the event.

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For more information, contact:
 
Angie Robson   
Manager
Corporate Affairs

angie.robson@vale.com
T. 705-682-5202

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