13:23 Nov. 30, 2016
An earthquake caused a collapse at the Rudna mine in Polkowice in southwestern Poland.
Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, as well as ministers of health and justice, are heading to the incident.
The earthquake occurred on Tuesday evening and caused massive destructions in the mine. The epicenter of the shock was at a depth of 1500 meters, and its magnitude is about 3.4 degrees. The operator of the mine, KGHM Polish Copper, said that the shock occurred spontaneously and was not provoked. As reported, at the moment of the earthquake there were 30 people underground.
Rescuers have already located the signals of transmitters, installed in missed miners' jackets. Now they slowly proceed to get to the trapped people. Rescuers already see some of the miners, but cannot hear them and do not know whether they are alive.
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The situation is complicated by the fact that in copper mines, unlike the coal ones, people work far away from each other. It makes the search more difficult. At the same time, copper mines are well-ventilated and it gives more chances for trapped miners to survive.