Warsaw: A tremor in the Rudna copper mine in Poland has killed three miners whereas five more are still missing, the mined is owned by KGHM.
The director of the mine Pawel Markowski confirmed the deaths of at least two miners, he told the media, “We can see the hand of one of the mines and the torso of the other from a distance of two meters.”
Rescue workers were still searching for the remaining five miners on Wednesday, but the actual tremor occurred on Tuesday, this is the largest copper mine in Europe and it has been working since 1974.
According to the Chief Executive of KGHM Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki a total of nine people have sustained serious head and spinal injuries, five of them are still hospitalised.
He further said, “The rescue operation is taking place without a pause. We all have big hopes that the news will be positive. This does not change the fact the rescue operation is taking place in different conditions.”
He also told the media that two of the deceased miners were aged 47 and 33 and their families have been informed about the tragedy.
He also announced a period of mourning, he said “We will announce four days of mourning and will cancel some of events organised for Miners’ Day on Sunday. A rescue operation is being carried out under very difficult conditions.”
The tremor was reportedly caused by a shallow 4.4 magnitude earthquake, it caused a cave-in at the Rudna copper mine in Polkowice which is located in the south west of the country.
The epicenter of the earthquake was almost 1,500 meters below the surface of the earth, according to KGHM the tremor was very strong and it has caused a lot of damage to the mine.
The prime minister of Poland, Beata Szydlo is on his way to the mine on Wednesday according to the government spokesperson, Rafal Bochenek.