Trapped min­ers found dead in China

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Chi­nese state me­dia say all 33 coal min­ers trapped un­der­ground in a gas ex­plo­sion ear­lier this week have been found dead. Two min­ers sur­vived Mon­day’s ex­plo­sion, but res­cuers work­ing around the clock found no oth­ers alive. All bod­ies have been re­cov­ered and res­cuers were shown bow­ing their heads in me­mo­rial for the dead. Gas ex­plo­sions in­side mines are of­ten caused when a flame or elec­tri­cal spark ig­nites gas leak­ing from the coal seam. Ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems are sup­posed to pre­vent gas from be­com­ing trapped. The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing those re­spon­si­ble must be strictly pun­ished. Lo­cal of­fi­cials in Chongqing also or­dered smaller mines to shut down tem­po­rar­ily. China's min­ing in­dus­try has long been among the world's dead­li­est.

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