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  World   Asia  21 Oct 2018  Rock burst destroys coal mining tunnel in China, 22 trapped

Rock burst destroys coal mining tunnel in China, 22 trapped

AP
Published : Oct 21, 2018, 1:34 pm IST
Updated : Oct 21, 2018, 1:34 pm IST

More than 300 people were working inside mine at the time of incident. Most have been successfully lifted to safety while 22 remain stuck.

Rescuers at coal mining site in Shizuishan in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on September 28, 2016. Twenty-two people are trapped in a coal mine in China after a rock burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel, officials said Sunday.(Photo: Representative | AP)
 Rescuers at coal mining site in Shizuishan in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on September 28, 2016. Twenty-two people are trapped in a coal mine in China after a rock burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel, officials said Sunday.(Photo: Representative | AP)

Beijing: Twenty-two people are trapped in a coal mine in China after a rock burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel, officials said Sunday.

The spontaneous fracturing of rock — a kind of earthquake induced by excavation — took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in eastern Shandong province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

 

More than 300 people were working inside the mine at the time. Most have been successfully lifted to safety while 22 remain stuck underground.

The incident “has nothing to do with workers’ operations,” an official with the Shandong Coal Mine Safety Supervision Bureau told the Associated Press by phone. The official, surnamed Tian, said nearly 140 rescuers were dispatched.

About 100 meters (328 feet) of a roadway within the mine was also damaged, said Xinhua.

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