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Earthquake in Poland kills eight at Rudna copper mine (KGHM)


November 30, 2016: Eight miners have been confirmed died at the Rudna copper mine in south-western Poland after an earthquake in the region.

Magnitude 3.4 earthquake caused rockfalls hundreds of metres below the surface at Europe’s largest copper mine.

"The damage caused by the quake was extensive," state-run Polish News Agency (PAP) quoted the Rudna mine director Paweł Markowski as saying.

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo cancelled a Wednesday-planned government sitting to visit the site of the accident where she assured that the government will offer all forms of aid if the need arises.

President Andrzej Duda extended his condolences to the families of the miners killed in the Rudna mine owned by the KGHM copper concern. 

KGHM has informed that eight other miners were evacuated from the disaster site and hospitalized. The mine has called a four days of mourning.

The epicentre of the tremor was 1,500 metres below the surface, with a magnitude of 3.4, PAP reported.

KGHM is one of the biggest copper and silver producers in the world. Its copper output stood at almost 700,000 tonnes in 2015.