Employees arrive at the Gold Mine in Doornkop west of Johannesburg on February 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI
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Eight gold miners in South Africa died after a magnitude-2.4 earthquake triggered an underground fire, and rescue teams operating deep below the surface were searching for a ninth missing miner, a mining company said Thursday.Smoke and a rockfall had hampered searchers struggling to find any survivors after fire broke out 1.7 kilometers (one mile) underground at the Doornkop mine around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Harmony company said in a statement. The mine is 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Johannesburg.The Doornkop mine shaft extends about two kilometers (1.2 miles) below ground.South Africa's ministry of mineral resources said its chief mine inspector visited the Doornkop mine on Wednesday.
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