Blast shakes same Ukrainian mine where 100 died in November
- Blast shakes same Ukrainian mine where 100 died in November
Associated PressDecember 1, 2007
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian coal mine where 100 workers were killed in a methane explosion two weeks ago has been hit by another blast.
A spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry says at least three miners were hurt. But the Interfax news agency reports at least five people were hurt and 35 more are missing.
Another report says there were nearly 400 workers in the mine this morning when the explosion occurred.
The blast in November was the worst coal-mining disaster in Ukraine since the breakup of the old Soviet Union.
The country's mines are considered to be some of the most dangerous on Earth because many are dilapidated and because coal in Ukraine is unusually deep in the ground, making mines more prone to methane buildup._______________________________
U. S. Mine Rescue Association