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mine explosion

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posted on Mar, 19 2007 @ 11:14 AM
The death toll from a methane gas blast at a coal mine in Siberia rose to 61 Monday, according to unconfirmed reports from Russian news agencies.

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Emergency situations put the toll at 28 dead and 76 missing. The Associated Press quoted Russian media putting the toll much highter

The accident occurred at the Ulyanovskaya mine in Kemerovo region about 11:16 a.m. Moscow time (4:16 a.m. ET).

At the time of the explosion, 186 miners were inside the mine; 82 have been rescued.

A special investigative team is on its way to the site of the disaster, the ministry said.

The mine, which opened in 2002, is in a major Russian industrial region, with some of the world's largest deposits of coal. It produces 3 million metric tons of coal a year, The Associated Press quoted the RIA-Novosti news agency as saying.

Russia has a history of accidents in its coal industry.

In 2004, 47 workers were killed in a blast at a mine on the outskirts of Novokuznetsk. In 1997, a methane explosion at a mine in Novokuznetsk killed 67 workers.

posted on Mar, 19 2007 @ 11:20 AM
Siberian Mine Explosion

There is another article about it. Apparently there are some discrepancies about the numbers.


posted on Mar, 19 2007 @ 11:29 AM
sad stuf, i take my hat off


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