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Methane blast rips through Siberia mine

One miner dead, 10 injured; mining accidents common in Russian coal industry since breakup of Soviet Union


Last updated 5/22/2005 at Noon

On May 18 a methane gas explosion ripped through a Siberian coal mine where 132 miners were working, leaving one dead and 10 with burns and other injuries, the mine's director, Yuri Kurtabashev, told Itar-Tass. All 10 injured were hospitalized.

"Ten out of 11 miners who stayed near the epicenter of the explosion were brought to surface. They have injuries and burns. One miner was killed," a sp...

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