Methane blast hits Siberian coal mine, kills 35

A methane explosion tore through a coal mine in southern Siberia, killing 35 people and injuring seven others, emergency officials said Thursday. Soon after the blast, 179 miners were safely brought to the surface, including seven with injuries, said Natalia Lukash, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. Emergency workers were looking for three miners still missing in the mine in Novokuznetsk, some 3,000 kilometers east of Moscow, she said. Irina Andrianova, another ministry spokeswoman, said 217 people had been working in the Yubileinaya mine at the time of the blast.