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Trapped Miners Rescued After Almost 60 Hours

In China’s latest mining accident, three miners were killed in a flooded mine in Guizhou while three others were rescued after two and a half days underground. From AP: Xinhua News Agency says they were lifted to safety...

83 Buried in Tibet Mine Landslide (Updated)

Rescue efforts by thousands of soldiers, armed police and firefighters turned up a single body on Saturday [see update below], over a day and a half after two million cubic meters of mud and rock buried 83 miners near Lhasa....

Mining Accident in Guizhou Kills 18

After one of the deadliest mine accidents in almost three years and another mining accident in Gansu resulting in 20 deaths, the Voice of America reports at least 18 people have died and 5 are missing in China’s most...

20 Die in Coal Mine Plunge

Twenty workers were killed in China’s latest mining accident in Gansu. This comes just after another one of the deadliest coal mine blasts in nearly three years. AP reports: A steel cable broke as it was pulling two carriages at...

China Coal Industry Remains Deadliest For Miners

After a deadly gas explosion in a Sichuan coal mine, another blast in Jiangxi killed 15 miners and injured 11, from Xinhua: Rescuers found the body of the last miner, identified as Zhou Ping, in the shaft of Gaokeng Coal Mine in...

Three Chinese Miners Rescued in Hunan

Chinese state media has reported that a gas explosion in Hunan has killed seven people. Mining accidents in China occur frequently, and reports claim that the official death toll over the past ten years has reached over 47,000....

Documentary: To the Light

To the Light, a documentary about miners in Sichuan Province, has won the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award. From the Huffington Post: The visually lyrical and heartbreaking film, which won the Mead’s prestigious award this...

Last 45 Rescued in Henan Coal Mine Accident

Rescuers have freed the remaining 45 surviving miners trapped in a Henan coal mine after a Thursday cave-in stranded them nearly 500 meters below the surface. From Xinhua News: A rock burst occurred in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in...

Gas Explosion in Coalmine Kills 29

A gas explosion at a state-owned coal mine in Hengyang City, Hunan Province killed 29 workers, and six other workers were rescued. The cause of the blast is believed to be from a large burst of gas in the mine that was ignited...

Sounds Heard from Chinese Mine Where 22 Missing

Sounds emerged from the flooded mine where twenty-two miners are still trapped after almost a week, AP reports: The noises came from a 920-foot (280-meter) pipe that was drilled late Sunday to allow fresh air into the illegal...

Nearly 70 Trapped, Eight Dead in China Coal Mines

At least eight miners have been killed and 70 others are trapped in a series of mine accidents across China. From AFP: Four miners were killed in a gas explosion in a mine in western-most China’s Xinjiang region Thursday,...

Rescuers Rush to Reach 40 Trapped Chinese Miners

Two mining accidents in Guizhou and Guangxi have trapped 40 miners underground. From AP: Rescuers scrambled to reach the miners at the Niupeng coal mine in the county of Pingtang in Guizhou province on Saturday morning,...

The Cost of Coal in China

On The World, Mary Kay Magistad is starting a four-part series about coal in China. The first episode was broadcast today: China’s size and speed of growth invite superlatives. Here are a few about the fuel for its growth. China...

Miners Shot in Yunnan; Miners Rescued in Sichuan

Danwei posts two links to stories about miners in danger. First, in Yunnan, nine miners were killed after explosives detonated inside, but it was later revealed that several of the miners had been shot before the explosion. From...

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