News from Poland: Casualties reported as earthquake hits copper mine in Poland

10:24 Nov. 30, 2016

Casualties reported as earthquake hits copper mine in Poland

The operator of a mobile conveyor uses a remote controller to move copper ore from the digging face in the underground mine operated by KGHM Polska Miedz SA in Polkowice-Sieroszowice, Poland (Getty Images)

At least 2 miners are dead, 6 are missing 

At least six miners are missing and two have died after an earthquake occurred at the Rudna mine in Polkowice in southwestern Poland, Reuters reported referring to the Polish state news agency PAP.

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck at 9:09 p.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. It said the quake was very shallow, only 10 km deep, which would have magnified its effect at the mine belonging to state-run copper producer KGHM.

"There were 16 people in the danger zone. Some of them were walked out," a spokeswoman for the company was quoted as saying by private radio RMF FM.

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Among the nine people evacuated one man died, according to media reports. Rescuers also found another miner who died underground.

Three miners who were injured the most are in hospital, their condition is stable, and their life is not threatened, according to RMF FM. They suffered backbone and head injuries.

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