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Blast hits coal mine in central China, trapping 58 miners

06-21-2010 10:19 BJT

BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) -- An explosion struck a coal mine early Monday in Weidong District, Pingdingshan City in central China's Henan Province, trapping at least 58 miners underground, the State Administration of Work Safety said in a statement.

The explosion occurred at the powder magazine of the Xingdong No.2 Mine around 1:40 a.m., the administration said Monday.

Two rescue teams have arrived and started rescue operation, the administration said.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

A low gas-concentration mine, the coal mine has an annual production capacity of 90,000 tonnes.

Luo Lin, chief of the State Administration of Work Safety, has led a working team to the scene to guide the rescue work, the administration said.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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