3 miners killed and 12 injured by earthquake in Poland

KGHM copper mine shaft in Rudna, Poland - Rudna earthquake

KGHM copper mine shaft in Rudna, Poland - courtesy KGHM mining company

UPDATE 13/05/2011 : Since this deadly quake in December 2010, a number of other similar quakes have occurred in a radius of 20 km around Rudna.  We truly think that the seismic activity is due to the mining activities in this area, which are still going on.

Rudna : December 2010
Tragedy at the copper mine of Rudna, Poland
3 miners were killed in the KGHM copper mine at Rudna, a village in the vicinity of Glogow.
Rudna has 1,300 inhabitants.
10 of them were slightly injured and 2 miners had to be hospitalized. Other miners were safely evacuated.
The copper mine is about 15 km from the epicenter of the earthquake (mining shafts might have been drilled towards the epicenter location).
Scientist will have to study the origin of this earthquake. As this is a mining area, there is a very big possibility that the origin will be mining related.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.5
UTC Time :  Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 08:56:42 UTC
Local time at epicenter :  Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 09:56:42 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 4.9 km
Quake-maps.com satellite map + I Did Feel It form
Geo-location(s) :
Only a few km from Glogow.
85 km (55 miles) NW of Wroclaw, Poland

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place

USGS historic earthquakes map

USGS Seismic hazard map

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  1. Phil, Ohio says:

    Thank you!
    All I received in the USA was the report from the USGS.
    National news had nothing on the quake.

    Good work!