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interesting- so there were at least 12-15 people evacuated. I'm still curious to know if they were/are "housed" somewhere specifically together, or are just staying with family or friends. Could give us a little more insight. If house together in some type of seclusion would be very interesting, but also brings up who is funding that housing amd where. If allowed to stay with friends/family it would imply it's a much less serious motive for the evac. I doubt we will get clarification on that though until we finally figure out what has actually happened. At some point someone mentioned that after evac no one was "questioned" about any thing, idl of that's been confirmed or not. If they weren't it certainly implies that whatever the situation is, they already know all information about it i would think.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
Update: Authorities not saying a lot as Sunspot Observatory remains closed
Published 8:03 p.m. MT Sept. 13, 2018
The Sunspot Solar Observatory is run by a consortium of universities that provide funding to operate the telescope and adjoining visitor’s center, McAteer said.
“Those are the two building where we have our employees at in Sunspot: the telescope and the visitor’s center,” McAteer said.
Which means that they are responsible for the guided tours and scientific data, he said.
NMSU's four employees at Sunspot were evacuated Sept. 6, as were five or six employees of AURA. The U.S. Postal Service, which operates the Sunspot Post Office, evacuated its employees, though McAteer said he did not know how many people worked at the facility.
There were also about 12 to 15 residents who were evacuated, McAteer said.
“The whole site was evacuated,” McAteer said.
The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope, that McAteer and his team operate, rotates on a mercury float bearing at the top of the tower.
The mercury was not the reason for the closure, McAteer said.
“There’s no mercury incident. That’s a completely different set of protocols that would not have involved them locking all the doors,” McAteer said. “We have a very regular maintenance routine. There is no cause for concern there.”
That rules out the mercury theory, if anyone was still considering that possibility.