March 20, 2019 / 1:54 AM / a month ago

Rio Tinto halts operations at north Australian bauxite mine as cyclone nears

The Rio Tinto mining company's logo is photographed at their annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rio Tinto said on Wednesday has suspended its Weipa bauxite mining operations at the northeastern tip of the country ahead of a cyclone.

“Operations have been suspended at Weipa as Cyclone Trevor approaches the coast, as per standard procedures,” a spokesman told Reuters by email.

Bauxite is the raw material used to make aluminum.

Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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