Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



13 Miners Feared Dead In China After Alleged Cover-Up

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2008
Rescuers fear 13 workers trapped in a coal mine that caught fire in northeast China are dead, after the owner initially claimed they were safe, delaying efforts to find them, state media said Sunday.

The owner allegedly told authorities that no one was missing late Wednesday after the fire started in the mine near Hegang city in Heilongjiang province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

It was not until Friday that local officials received a tip-off that 13 workers remained trapped inside the privately-run Taiyuan Coal Mine, according to the agency.

Rescue workers, attempting to put out the fire as well as save the miners, could be seen at the mouth of the mine late on Saturday, their faces covered by masks to protect against fumes, Xinhua said.

"Dense toxic gases prevented rescue workers from entering the mine," Xinhua said. "There is little hope for the 13 trapped miners."

The rescuers were also hampered by a lack of proper equipment after they used up all available fire extinguishers, forcing them to simply pump water into the mine to try to put out the blaze, according to the agency.

Nearly 3,800 lives were lost in Chinese coal mines last year, down 20 percent from the year before, according to government figures.

However, many independent labour groups suspect the actual death toll is much higher, saying many accidents are covered up to prevent costly shutdowns and legal action.

China, which relies heavily on coal for its energy needs, recently launched a campaign to close illegal and unsafe mines to stem the disasters, and authorities have said thousands of such mines have been shut.

But the government plans to let more than 10,000 coal mines that were closed recently to reopen due to an energy shortage caused by the recent winter weather crisis, state press said Thursday.

Related Links
Surviving the Pits



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


China mines face safety dangers after cold snap: report
Beijing (AFP) Feb 18, 2008
The recent freezing weather that crippled parts of China could trigger a string of coal mining accidents as collieries ramp up operations after the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said Monday.







  • Space X Falcon 9 Facing More Delays As Shuttle Replacement Looms
  • SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing Of Falcon 1 Merlin Regeneratively Cooled Engine
  • First Firing Of European Staged-Combustion Demonstration Engine
  • Iran gives details on controversial space launch

  • Russia To Launch US Communications Satellite On March 15
  • ILS To Launch Two SIRIUS Radio Satellite On Proton Breeze M
  • Ariane 5 Star One C2 Satellite Launch Campaign Underway
  • ILS Announces Contract To Launch Two Sirius Satellite Radio Spacecraft On Proton Breeze M

  • Shuttle Endeavour Set For March 11 Launch Of Japanese Station Module
  • Tunnels Of Activity Beneath The Shuttle Launch Pad
  • NASA Issues Draft Report On Environmental Issues To Wind Up Shuttle Program
  • US space shuttle Atlantis returns home

  • Twenty years on, Japan's 'Hope' lab to blast into space
  • Space Station Orbit Raised Five Clicks
  • Europe Sets A Course For The ISS
  • Unique Three-Way Partnership For ATV Ground Control

  • Energia Hosts Second Convention For Students Of Space
  • Rockin' All Over the World -- The Top Ten for astronauts
  • Jules Verne ATV Declared Ready For Launch
  • Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Why We Track The Trash

  • China Kicks Off New Space Launch Center Project
  • Breaking The Silence On Shenzhou
  • China's New Carrier Rocket To Debut In 2014
  • China plans first spacewalk in 2008

  • iRobot Receives Award For DARPA LANdroids Program
  • Coming soon to Japan: remote control with a wink
  • Japanese cellphones to turn into 'robot' buddies
  • Killer Military Robots Pose Latest Threat To Humanity

  • HiRISE Discovers A Possibly Once-Habitable Ancient Mars Lake
  • Mechdyne Enables Virtual Reality Of Mission To Mars
  • Mars And Venus Are Surprisingly Similar
  • Tenacious Spirit Might See Rover Through Martian Winter

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement