Friday, 25 May, 2018

One miner dead, three still missing after quake at Polish coal mine

An ambulance arrives at the Zofiowka coal mine. Three of seven missing men have been found An ambulance arrives at the Zofiowka coal mine. Three of seven missing men have been found
Jeannette Daniel | 08 May, 2018, 02:06

Two of the seven miners originally trapped after the quake, which struck Zofiowka in the Silesian coal basin on Saturday morning, managed to escape within hours with only minor injuries. Four miners had been recovered quickly but seven the others went lost. Two of the missing were later found alive and have been hospitalised.

One miner was killed after an natural disaster struck the Zofiowka coal mine in southern Poland on Saturday, the CEO of the company that owns the mine has confirmed, according to Reuters. "There are three rescue units more joining the operation which is going on", said JSW Coal's Daniel Ozon.

Rescue workers reached one more missing miner who was found dead on Sunday. Unexpected emergency staff pumped air in to the impacted area to lower the level of methane fuel until they may safely proceed, Ozon explained.

Two miners were rescued on Saturday after the tremor caused part of the tunnel where they worked to collapse. President Andrzej Duda arrived at the mine on Sunday noon as the rescue operation was in full swing.

Poland's State Mining Authority said the tremor had a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre pegged it at 4.3 magnitude. TVN24 said the quake was also felt on the surface and shook some houses.


The state mining supervisor said the quake was a type that can occur in coal mines deposits are removed.

Coal mining is a major industry in Poland and coal remains the main source of energy and heating, but Poland is taking some steps to shift toward renewable, cleaner sources of energy.

Ozon said the company believed the miner was 38 and had been working at JSW for ten years, but was waiting for the man's family to confirm his identity.

In 2016, eight miners were killed in a cave-in at the Rudna mine in Polkowice and methane explosions killed five miners at the Myslowice-Wesola mine in 2014.

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