13:27 Nov. 30, 2016
30 workers were trapped underground after a strong earthquake caused a collapse at the Rudna copper mine in Polkowice in southwestern Poland
Eight people are dead and five more hospitalized as a result of a massive collapse in a copper mine in Poland. Rescue work lasted for 24 hours, most of the miners could get out safely, reports Radio Poland.
The director of the mine, Paweł Markowski, said that the tremor was the biggest tragedy in over 55 years at a mine belonging to copper giant KGHM.
"The rescue operation took 24 hours, we did everything to save the miners. My sincere sympathies to the families of the victims. We will do everything to help them at this difficult time," said Markowski.
The incident occurred on Tuesday evening. The epicenter of the shock was at a depth of 1500 meters, and its magnitude was about 3.4.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has voiced his condolences to the families of the dead miners.