An earthquake in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields region has damaged one gold mine, but spared others nearby.

A mining firm has taken up the challenge of spreading safety awareness, hoping to teach drivers to avoid the ‘fatal five’ causes of road deaths in Queensland.

Local media reports suggest water-damaged explosives are still in the ground at the Mt Arthur coal mine, just like the one that led to a plume of poisonous smoke blowing across worksites last month.

Residents of a small Victorian town continue to be blanketed by smoke and fumes from an underground coal fire, which authorities say will be investigated.

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