Blast hits Russia's largest coal mine, 11 dead

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May 9, 2010 06:17

 
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MOSCOW — A methane explosion tore through Russia's largest underground coal mine Saturday, killing 11 workers and injuring 41 others, a regional emergency services ministry official said.

A second blast early Sunday morning forced authorities to halt rescue operations when contact with 20 rescuers was lost, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

The second blast destroyed the main air shaft and caused more injuries, and there is a risk of more explosions, Aman Tuleyev, the governor of the west Siberian region of Kemerovo, who is at the site, told reporters.

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