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Gas explosion leaves 4 dead, 1 injured in coal mine in north China’s Shanxi Province

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Four people have been confirmed dead and another injured in a gas explosion in a coal mine in north China’s Shanxi Province, according to local authorities on Tuesday.

The explosion happened in the mine owned by Lu’an Group at around 2am on Tuesday. The rescue work has ended. An investigation into the cause of the blast is under way.

The mine has an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes.

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11 people killed, 25 trapped after explosion at iron mine in NE China

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Eleven people were killed, nine injured, and 25 trapped underground after a vehicle exploded at an iron mine in China’s northeastern Liaoning province. The incident happened at around 16:10 local time (08:10 GMT) in the Benxi city district. A truck carrying explosives blew up at the entrance to the mine, where construction work was being carried out, according to a Central Television report. It said that contact had been established with some of the 25 people who remain in the mine.

Explosion injures one at Yukon’s Minto Mine, Canada

Health and safety officials in Yukon are investigating after a worker at the territory’s Minto Mine was injured following an explosion overnight.
 
The worker was medevaced from the site for his injury, said Andrew Robulack, a spokesman for the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board.
 
He said he could not provide details on what happened or what condition the worker is in.
 
The explosion happened either late Friday or early Saturday.
 
Safety board inspectors were at the mine site Saturday morning, but have returned to Whitehorse, Robulack said.
 
He says a stop-work order has been issued for the immediate vicinity where the incident happened, though the rest of the mine remains operational.
 
That order will be in place until the employer demonstrates to safety board officers that the workplace is safe. 
 
Robulack said details about the incident will be provided when the investigation is complete.
 
Capstone Mining Corporation owns the copper mine, which employs 306 people at the Minto site.
 
The company recently announced it would be keeping the mine active until at least 2020.
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Quarry explosion: Toll rises to 2 in Ramanagara, India

The death toll in Thursday’s quarry blast at Madapanta, Ramanagara, increased to two after a 40-year-old daily-wage worker, Arogyaswamy, succumbed to burns late on Friday night.
 
On Thursday night, a 30-year-old worker identified as Keertesh Kumar died and nine others, including Arogyaswamy, sustained burn injuries when the explosives they were implanting at the quarry accidentally exploded.
 
Keertesh Kumar, a native of Bihar, lived in a makeshift shed near the quarry. “In was raining heavily. Lightning struck the quarry and one of the explosives caught fire. In no time, the bundle exploded,” Tavarakere police said. “The quarry owners are absconding. We have registered a criminal case under IPC Section 304 (A), death due to negligence,” police added.
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7 coal miners dead in China after gas explosion

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A gas explosion inside a coal mine in southwestern China has killed seven people and injured two more.
 
Rescue crews at the Rongsheng mine in Guizhou province were able to save 11 people, including the two injured. Authorities would not say what caused the explosion, and a phone number listed for the mine wasn’t working.
 
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, though it announced plans this year to shutter more than 1,000 outdated mines. The head of China’s State Administration of Work Safety said this year that struggling coal mines might be likely to overlook maintenance.
 
The administration reported 931 coal mine accident deaths in 2014, though outside experts often question government figures.
 
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