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Russian Mine Disaster: At least 11 Dead, 41 Injured

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010

Eleven dead, 41 injured as coalmine explodes in Russia’s Kemerovo Region

At least 11 people have died and 41 others  injured afetr a coalmine explosions in Russia’s Kemerovo Region, Itar-Tass reported a regional emergency source as saying.


A map of Russia showing the country’s four major coal-producing regions.  The explosion occurred in Raspadskaya mine, Mezhdurechensk,  the Kemerovo region in the Kuzbass basin.   web дизайн © Александр Н. Ставцев.

The explosions occurred in the Raspadskaya mine in Mezhdurechensk, the Kemerovo region, killing eleven miners and injuring 41, the source said.

The rescue operation was suspended indefinitely after a second explosion in the mine, which injured more people, amid billowing smoke from the mine and fears of further explosion, Kemerovo Region Governor Aman Tuleyev said.

“The second explosion destroyed the main air shaft. Some people were hurt on the surface.” The report said.

Raspadskaya coalmine . There is a risk of other explosions, Kemerovo Region Governor Aman Tuleyev, who is at the site, told reporters.

“The rescue work will continue when the atmosphere in the mine is restored, but to conduct rescue work now means to send people to die.”

“After the second explosion, contact with three rescue teams — 20 rescuers — is lost, the source said.” Itar-Tass reported.

Of the 359 people who were in the mine when the first explosion occurred on Saturday at 20:55 Moscow time, 295 have been evacuated.  Some 54 miners and 20 rescuers are currently trapped underground.

Kemerovo region is situated in the major coal-producing Kuzbass basin. The Raspadskaya coalmine is about 3,500km (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, and produces about 8 million metric tons of coal annually.

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Year of Mine Explosions, Too?

Posted by feww on April 6, 2010

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25 Miners Killed, 4 unaccounted for after coal mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia

If there was a direct relationship between the number of mine explosions and the amount of coal consumed globally, and there is, then 2010 should be regarded as worst year for mine blasts, so far.

The more coal dug  out, the more danger posed to the environment and individuals, especially those in the front lines.

At least 25 miners have been killed and 4 others are missing after an underground explosion caused the collapse of a Montcoal, West Virginia coal mine roof on Monday.


Massey Energy’s Mining Locations. Source Massey Energy. Image may be subject to copyright.

The explosion occurred at the Upper Big Branch Mine, about 50 km  (30 miles) south of Charleston, West Virginia, owned by Massey Energy’s subsidiary Performance Coal Co., officials were reported as saying.

A number of miners were also said to have received injuries, but no further details were available as of posting.

Massey Energy produced about 36.7 million tons of coal in 2009, with sales of about $2.32 billion, according to the company’s news release.

Company President Baxter Phillips said they had 2.3 billion tons of coal where that came from.


Massey Energy’s local Mountain Top Removal operation closest to Performance Coal Co., Raleigh County, West Virginia. Source Google.


Denuded areas are Massey Energy’s partial footprint in West Virginia. Click images to enlarge.

The deadliest mining disaster in the United States occurred also in West Virginia, when a mine explosion killed 362 people near Monongah, in 1907.

Since 1970, at least 150 people been killed in recorded mining incidents in the United States.

Here’s the formula once again:

More Coal = More Mine Explosions + More Climate Chaos + More Environmental Disasters + More Deaths

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