• Short Summary

    SIX PEOPLE DIED WHEN A GOLD MINE CAVED IN, ENGULFING THREE HOUSES, AT BLYVOORUITZICHT, IN THE TRANSVAAL, EARLY ON MONDAY MORNING.

  • Description

    SIX PEOPLE DIED WHEN A GOLD MINE CAVED IN, ENGULFING THREE HOUSES, AT BLYVOORUITZICHT, IN THE TRANSVAAL, EARLY ON MONDAY MORNING. AS SOON AS THE GIANT CRATER APPEARED, TWENTY-SEVEN NEARBY HOUSES WERE EVACUATED.

    THE DEAD WERE ALL FROM ONE FAMILY. THERE WAS NO WARNING OF THE DISASTER, UNIT WITH ROAR AND FLASH OF FLAMES, THEIR HOUSES DISAPPEARED. THE HOLE GRADUALLY WIDENED TO MORE THAN 500 FEET ACROSS, AND NEARLY 100 FEET DEEP.

    THE NEIGHBOURS FLED, AND THERE WERE REPORTS OF MIRACULOUS ESCAPES AS PART OF SEVERAL HOUSES SLID INTO THE CRATER.

    THERE WAS NO HOPE OF SAVING THE FAMILY FROM THE CRATER. IT QUICKLY FILLED WITH WATER FROM A BROKEN MAIN. THE AREA WAS CORDONED OFF AS MORE CRACKS APPEARED NEARBY.

    THE PROBLEM OF SUBSIDENCES IN THE AREA WAS ALREADY UNDER SURVEY, BY THE GOVERNMENT MINES DEPARTMENT. AN OFFICIAL GEOLOGIST SAID THE CAVE-IN APPEARED TO BE SIMILAR TO THAT WHICH SWALLOWED A CRUSHING MILL NEARBY, NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO. THAT TIME 34 AFRICANS WERE KILLED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5IOCD7F8IO00DJMURFBIPJS3M
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IOCD7F8IO00DJMURFBIPJS3M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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