Fears for 29 miners after New Zealand explosion

New Zealand’s first mining disaster in more than 40 years has left 29 miners missing and prompted concern that ventilation underground may have been compromised.

20th November, 2010
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New Zealand’s first mining disaster in more than 40 years has left 29 miners missing and prompted concern that ventilation underground may have been compromised.

Two miners walked to the surface after an explosion. ‘‘Air-quality testing is being carried out because of the unknown atmospheric conditions underground,” police said in a statement.

Rescue teams and emergency services remain at the site of last Friday’s explosion at the Pike River Coal Company mine....

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