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The 3.5-magnitude earthquake causes the BHP mine to lose contact with workers

Underground workers disappear at Western Australia’s nickel mine after a magnitude 3.5 earthquake cut all communications – before they were found safe and sound

  • Earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale cut off all communication with the underground employees
  • The earthquake struck BHP’s Nickel West Site, 10 hours from Perth, on Wednesday
  • The miners are safe and responsible, the company confirmed Thursday

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A 3.5-magnitude earthquake has caused mining giant BHP to lose contact with their underground workers after the seismic shock severed lines of communication.

BHP’s Nickel West site, near Leinster in Western Australia’s Goldfields, was hit by a seismic event at 3.24pm yesterday.

The tremors from the earthquake caused a complete blackout at the nickel mine, about 10 hours south of Perth, and crippled the site.

BHP told Daily Mail Australia that the blackout resulted in a loss of communication with members of the underground team.

“All team members are safe, unharmed and responsible,” said a BHP spokesman.

The 3.5-magnitude earthquake disrupted power and communication with underground workers

The Nickel West branch (pictured), 10 hours from Perth, is one of the world's largest nickel suppliers

The Nickel West branch (pictured), 10 hours from Perth, is one of the world's largest nickel suppliers

The Nickel West branch (pictured), 10 hours from Perth, is one of the world’s largest nickel suppliers

“The safety of our people and operations is supported by our strong operating systems, technical control procedures and the dedication and hard work of our teams.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our people.”

The BHP spokesperson said tests were being carried out at the site to ensure the mine was safe and that no problems had been caused by the power outage.

“In accordance with our usual processes, operations will resume once safety testing is complete,” they said.

The mine site was closed 10 years ago due to a similar incident in which a magnitude 3.7 earthquake caused workers to be immediately evacuated from the site and taken to a safety room.

The Goldfields region, in the southeastern corner of Western Australia, has a higher seismic risk than other parts of the state.

The town of Norseman, in the Goldfields-Esperance region, was named the most shaky town in the country by Geoscience Australia in 2016.

A BHP spokesman confirmed that the workers caught in the quake are safe and unharmed

A BHP spokesman confirmed that the workers caught in the quake are safe and unharmed

A BHP spokesperson confirmed that the workers caught in the quake are safe and unharmed

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