World Dozens of miners trapped, 11 killed after Siberian coal mine fire
Survivor found in coal mine accident in Russia's Siberia
MOSCOW (AP) — Rescuers have found a survivor in a Siberian coal mine where dozens of miners are presumed dead after a devastating methane explosion, a top local official announced Friday. Sergei Tsivilyov, governor of the Kemerovo region where the mine is located, said on the messaging app Telegram that the survivor was found in the Listvyazhnaya mine in southwestern Siberia, and “he is being taken to the hospital.” Acting Emergency MinisterSergei Tsivilyov, governor of the Kemerovo region where the mine is located, said on the messaging app Telegram that the survivor was found in the Listvyazhnaya mine in southwestern Siberia, and “he is being taken to the hospital.
Dozens of miners are trapped after a fire at a coal mine in Siberia killed 11 and injured more than 40.
Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Saturday ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention for two months pending an investigation into a devastating blast in a coal mine in Siberia that resulted in dozens of deaths. Russian authorities reported 51 deaths after a methane explosion rocked the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia on Thursday — 46 miners and five rescuers. The tragedy appears to be the deadliest in Russia since 2010. The Central District Court in the city of Kemerovo ruled to jail the director of the Listvyazhnaya mine, Sergei Makhrakov, his deputy Andrei Molostvov and section supervisor Sergei Gerasimenok.
The fire broke out in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia on Thursday after coal dust reportedly caught fire at the Listvyazhnaya mine.
Efforts to rescue those still trapped in the mine were paused on Thursday because of an explosion, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. About 35 miners remain trapped underground, according to Kemerovo Gov. Sergei Tsivilyov.
A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident. Tsivilyov said 49 people with injuries sought medical assistance.
Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation, and President Vladimir Putin extended his sympathies to the families of those killed.
4 ex-coal mine officials cleared in Kentucky fraud trial
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury has cleared four former coal company officials who were accused of skirting dust rules in two underground Kentucky mines. The jury in U.S. District Court in Louisville deliberated Wednesday for about two hours before returning not guilty verdicts. The trial was a rare attempt to prosecute coal company officials on criminal charges. Federal prosecutors had alleged that the men ordered subordinates to tamper with dust collection equipment at two Armstrong Coal mines in order to stay in compliance with federal regulations.
The latest inspection of the mine took place just a week ago on Nov. 19, according to Interfax, citing Rostekhnadzor, Russia's state technology and ecology watchdog. In April, the watchdog inspected the mine and registered 139 different violations, according to the state news agency Tass.
The Nov. 19 report didn’t offer any details on the results of the inspection.
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