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46 killed in central China coal mine blast

06-21-2010 14:26 BJT

PINGDINGSHAN, Henan, June 21 (Xinhua) -- At least 46 people died after an explosion struck a coal mine early Monday in Henan Province, the local government said.

Firefighters work to rescue the trapped miners after explosives went off at the powder magazine of the Xingdong No.2 Mine in Weidong District of Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, June 21, 2010.(Xinhua Photo)
Firefighters work to rescue the trapped miners after explosives went off at the powder 
magazine of the Xingdong No.2 Mine in Weidong District of Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, 
June 21, 2010.(Xinhua Photo)

A total of 72 miners were trapped after explosives went off at the powder magazine of the Xingdong No.2 Mine in Weidong District of Pingdingshan City at about 1:40 a.m..

The municipal government of Pingdingshan confirmed that 26 miners have escaped but the rest 46 were killed.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

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

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