Kalgoorlie resumes mining after quake

Mining in Kalgoorlie will restart following a number of geotechnical assessments.

Mining in the earthquake effected town of Kalgoorlie is expected to resume today.

Following the 5.0 magnitude earthquake, the goldfields town evacuated all open cut and underground mines until geotechnical experts had cleared the area.

Areas of the Fimiston open pit were open yesterday for re-entry following assessment, with the expectation that the Mt Charlotte underground mine would resume operations sometime this morning after further geotechnical investigation.

All miners at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Super Pit’s open cut and underground mines were evacuated with no injury to personnel.

According to the West Australian a spokesman for Barrick Gold said the company had evacuated its Kanowna Belle mine 20km north-east of Kalgoorlie and its Raleigh mine 20km north-west of Kalgoorlie, and all employees had been accounted for.

“We’ve evacuated the mines and will go through quite a lengthy process to work out what has gone on and when we can start mining again,” he told the paper.

A report on the full damage of the quake and the recovery efforts will be presented to West Australian Parliament later this week.

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