Nine mine workers that were trapped in an underground nickel mine after an earthquake have been rescued.
A spokeswoman for BHP Billiton said that at about 6.25am there was a seismic event at the Nickel West Leinster Perseverance Underground operation.
She said subsequent to the event, nine individuals made their way to a secure refuge chamber.
The spokeswoman said it was standard safety procedure for workers to go to the chamber after such an event and they had access to water and communications.
Mines Minister Bill Marmion told parliament today that the fitters were in a refuge chamber at the underground nickel mine at Leinster in the northern goldfield.
“No one was injured,” Mr Marmion said.
“The site successfully ran an unmanned cage through the shaft to confirm the stability and are now commencing investigations into the shaft and and access route.
“The nine fitters are estimated to be hoisted to the surface about 4pm this afternoon.”
Geoscience Australia said the magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred near Leinster this morning.