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Eight dead, one missing in South Africa mine blaze

Eight workers have been found dead deep inside a burning South African gold mine, their union said Thursday, as rescuers raced to find one miner still missing. The bodies were discovered late Wednesday at the mine west of Johannesburg, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu told AFP. An earth tremor is thought to have triggered the accident at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine, some 1.7 kilometres (more than a mile) below ground.

China says it saw drops in coal mining accidents and deaths in 2013 as safety improves

BEIJING, China - Safety at China's coal mines improved in 2013, with the numbers of accidents and deaths decreasing from the previous year, the government said Saturday. China has the world's deadliest coal mines, and authorities have made it a priority to improve safety by enforcing rules. The central government said there were 589 mining accidents last year, leaving 1,049 people dead or missing. It did not give prior-year figures, but said the numbers declined by more than 24 per cent.

China mine explosion kills 21

An explosion on Friday killed 21 workers at a coal mine in China's western Xinjiang province, reports said. The blast occurred at the Baiyanggou coal mine at 1:26am (1756 GMT Thursday), the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the local regional emergency response office. According to the report, 34 miners were working underground at the time of the explosion. Twelve workers managed to escape but 22 were trapped by the blast. Only one of the trapped miners survived the explosion.

22 Miners trapped after Chinese coal mine explosion

Beijing, Dec 13 (EFE).- A total of 22 workers were trapped early Friday following an explosion in a coal mine in the northwestern Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang, the official news agency Xinhua said. The explosion occurred at 1:26 a.m. in the Baiyanggou coal mine in Hutubi County, inhabited mainly by the Muslim Hui ethnicity. At the time of the accident, 34 miners were working down a mineshaft, though 12 of them managed to escape after the explosion, local authorities said.

Charges dropped against New Zealand death mine boss

Charges against the head of a New Zealand mine where 29 men died in a 2010 gas explosion were dropped Thursday in a shock move that angered grieving relatives. Prosecutors said the case against former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall was withdrawn as it was unlikely to succeed, also revealing Whittall and other mine bosses had agreed to pay compensation to families.

Spain's worst mining accident in 18 years leaves 6 dead

Leon, Spain, Oct 28 (EFE).- Six miners ranging in age from 35 to 41 died Monday after an apparent leak of methane gas at a coal mine in northern Spain's Leon region. Five other miners were injured, including one who was airlifted to a hospital in Leon city, where he is listed in serious condition. The gas leak at the Pozo Emilio del Valle mine in Pola de Gordon was Spain's deadliest mining accident since 1995. The mine is operated by financially troubled Hullera Vasco-Leonesa, which blamed the deaths and injuries on a "sudden" escape of flammable gas.

Two China miners saved 10 days after flood, 10 confirmed dead

Two Chinese miners were rescued early Tuesday after 10 days trapped underground by a flood, state media reported, but the bodies of 10 others were found later in the day. A total of 42 workers were underground when water began pouring into the state-owned Zhengsheng coal mine on September 28, and although 30 escaped a dozen were stuck inside, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Two China miners rescued 10 days after flood

Two Chinese miners were rescued early Tuesday after 10 days trapped underground by a flood, state news services reported in a rare success for the accident-prone industry. A total of 42 workers were underground when water began pouring into the state-owned Zhengsheng coal mine on September 28, and although 30 escaped a dozen were stuck inside, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Mine collapse kills 27 in north Afghanistan

A coal mine collapse has killed at least 27 miners in the north of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, with rescue efforts under way to save about 12 workers trapped underground. Emergency teams rushed to the scene after the mine collapsed in a remote area of Samangan province on Saturday, and bodies were being brought out of the accident site. "We have 27 miners who died while they were working in an underground coal mine in Abkhorak coal mine in Ruyi Du Ab district," Mohammad Sediq Azizi, the Samangan governor's spokesman, told AFP.

Mine collapse kills 27 in north Afghanistan

A coal mine collapse has killed at least 27 miners in the north of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, with rescue efforts underway to save about 12 workers trapped underground. Emergency teams rushed to the scene after the mine collapsed in a remote area of Samangan province on Saturday, and bodies were being brought out of the accident site. "We have 27 miners who died while they were working in an underground coal mine in Abkhorak coal mine in Ruyi Du Ab district," Mohammad Sediq Azizi, the Samangan governor's spokesman, told AFP.
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