75 miners jailed after explosion in Russia

Rescue underway as explosion leaves up to 75 miners underground in Russia

  • Explosion struck 820 feet underground in Siberia’s Listvyazhnaya coal mine
  • Explosion started fires through ventilation shafts when part of the mine collapsed
  • 40 miners have been rescued, with at least one – 23 years – allegedly dead
  • Up to 75 are thought to be trapped underground with a communication interruption



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A major rescue operation is underway after an explosion at a mine in eastern Russia trapped dozens of miners deep underground and killed at least one.

The blast happened 820 feet below the surface at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Siberia shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, when coal dust caught fire in the ventilation ducts.

At least one person – a 23-year-old – was killed in the explosion and a further 43 people were injured from smoke inhalation, two of them in serious condition.

But many more are missing and feared captive. Amid confusion over the numbers, regional governor Sergei Tsivilev said 49 were missing, but other reports put the number at 75.

An explosion deep underground at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia region has killed at least one miner and left dozens more trapped

An explosion deep underground at a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia region has killed at least one miner and left dozens more trapped

The blast happened at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine shortly after 9:00 a.m. local time when coal dust caught fire in the ventilation ducts

The blast happened at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine shortly after 9:00 a.m. local time when coal dust caught fire in the ventilation ducts

The blast happened at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine shortly after 9:00 a.m. local time when coal dust caught fire in the ventilation ducts

The fire caused an explosion that severely damaged the mine, with 43 injured people being evacuated and two left in serious condition

The fire caused an explosion that severely damaged the mine, with 43 injured people being evacuated and two left in serious condition

The fire caused an explosion that severely damaged the mine, with 43 injured people being evacuated and two left in serious condition

Interfax said an explosion “rumbled” in the mine that caused the emergency. There would be a fire in a ventilation tunnel.

A report from Russia’s Interfax news agency said an “equipment failure” or “natural causes” were believed to be the cause of the explosion.

According to multiple reports, a major sub-zero operation was underway to rescue the trapped miners.

The Russian Commission of Inquiry pointed to 45 missing persons.

But Mash news channel, which showed pictures of the scene, said 75 people were trapped in the mine. Interfax reported the same figure

As the first victims emerged from the mine, a local emergency source said, “According to preliminary data, no one was injured.”

“They inhaled (smoke) as a result of the explosion.”

According to the Russian technological watchdog, an explosion occurred in the airways of the mine. One was launched by the prosecutor’s office of the Kemerovo region.

Listvyazhnaya is part of SDS-Ugol, one of Russia’s largest coal mining companies.

Reports of the missing have varied due to confusion over the exact number of miners in the mine when the blast happened, but some reports put the number at 75

Reports of the missing have varied due to confusion over the exact number of miners in the mine when the blast happened, but some reports put the number at 75

Reports of the missing have varied due to confusion over the exact number of miners in the mine when the blast happened, but some reports put the number at 75

Firefighters work at the site of the explosion near the city of Listvyazhnaya, in the Eastern Siberian regions of Russia

Firefighters work at the site of the explosion near the city of Listvyazhnaya, in the Eastern Siberian regions of Russia

Firefighters work at the site of the explosion near the city of Listvyazhnaya, in the Eastern Siberian regions of Russia

Police exchange news at the site of a mine explosion in Siberia early Thursday morning

Police exchange news at the site of a mine explosion in Siberia early Thursday morning

Police exchange news at the site of a mine explosion in Siberia early Thursday morning

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