Eight Miners Killed in Underground Fire after Earthquake in South Africa

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A South African gold-mining company said Thursday it has found bodies of eight miners who were trapped when a magnitude-2.4 earthquake triggered an underground fire.

Eight Miners Killed in Underground Fire after Earthquake in South Africa

Rescue teams are trying to locate a ninth miner who is missing.

The Harmony company said that the tremor also triggered a rockfall about 1.7 kilometers underground at the Doornkop mine, west of Johannesburg. Searchers responding to the fire on Tuesday were hampered by smoke and the earthfall.

On Wednesday, rescue teams located eight other miners who had sought refuge from the fire and brought them to the surface.

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