Last Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014

2.4 earthquake triggers fire in South Africa, 8 killed


Fire triggered by magnitude 2.4 earthquake at the Doornkop gold mine west of Johannesburg, South Africa has claimed lives of eight people.

Nine mineworkers were missing earlier after the fire broke out on Tuesday night which damaged electric cables, triggering the blaze, Xinhua reported quoting the National Union of Mineworkers. One body is yet to be recovered.

The tremor also triggered a rockfall about 1.7 kilometres underground at the Doornkop mine, west of Johannesburg.

Almost 50% of the world's gold reserves are located in South Africa.

Original post: Natural Disasters List February 6, 2014