75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia

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

The blast took place 820ft below the surface at Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Siberia shortly after 9am Thursday after coal dust in the ventilation ducts caught fire.   

At least one person – a 23-year-old – was killed in the explosion with another 43 people suffering injuries including two in serious condition.

But many more are unaccounted for and feared trapped. Amid confusion over the numbers, regional governor Sergei Tsivilev said 49 were missing but some reports put the figure as high as 75.  

, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

Interfax said an explosion ‘thundered’ in the mine causing the emergency.

Fire was said to be raging in a ventilation tunnel.

A report but Russia’s Interfax news agency said an ‘equipment malfunction’ or ‘natural causes’ were seen as the cause of the explosion.

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A major operation in subzero temperatures was underway to save the trapped miners, according to multiple reports. 

The Russian Investigative Committee indicated 45 people missing.

But Mash news outlet, which showed pictures from the scene, said 75 remained trapped inside the mine. Interfax has reported the same figure

As the first victims emerged from the mine, a local emergencies source said: ‘According to preliminary data, none have bodily injuries.’

‘They inhaled (smoke) as a result of the explosion.’

According to Russia’s technological watchdog, an explosion occurred in the mine’s airway. An was launched by the Kemerovo region prosecutor’s office.

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

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, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA

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, 75 coal miners trapped after explosion in Russia, The Today News USA