Two miners dead, at least six missing, after Poland earthquake

Miners arrive at the Rudna copper mine in south Poland in this 2013 file photo.
PETER ANDREWS

Miners arrive at the Rudna copper mine in south Poland in this 2013 file photo.

At least six miners are missing and two are dead after an earthquake occurred at the Rudna mine in Polkowice in southwestern Poland, state news agency PAP reports.

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck at 9.09pm local time on Tuesday (9.09am Wednesday NZT), according to the US Geological Survey.

It said the quake was very shallow, only 10km deep, which would have magnified its effect at the mine belonging to state-run copper producer KGHM.

At least six miners are missing and two are dead after an earthquake occurred at the Rudna mine in southwestern Poland
PETER ANDREWS

At least six miners are missing and two are dead after an earthquake occurred at the Rudna mine in southwestern Poland

"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 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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