JAKARTA — A gold mine that collapsed in Jambi province of western Indonesia, leaving 11 gold miners buried in a depth of around 50 meters, was a 6.1 Magnitude earthquake, United States Geological Survey said on Thursday.
The United States Geological Survey further issued a warning for subsequent earthquakes in the area and has urged the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency to survey and issue “a proper warning”.
People had earlier on linked the collapse to the heavy downpours that occurred at Simpang Parit village of Marangin district where the mine is located.
“Evacuation could not be immediately carried out as the access to the scene is hampered by a river which waters overflow its bank,” he told Xinhua via phone from the province.
“The 11 miners have been buried since yesterday (Monday) in a depth of 50 meters, how could they survive?” Dalmato stressed.
Search and rescue for the victims is underway now, but they can’t use any heavy machinery in the rescue operations as there was no road to reach the spot, Dalmanto added.