Beijing: Eleven miners were killed and two
others injured after a gas explosion ripped through a coal
mine in northwest China on Sunday, local officials said.
Altogether 21 miners were working underground when the
blast happened around noon at the Tianyu Coal Mine in rural
Tongchuan in coal-rich Shaanxi province.
Ten miners were lifted above ground safely after the
blast, and two of them suffered minor injuries, a government
The bodies of the 11 miners killed in the blast had been
retrieved, he said.
The coal mine reports an annual output capacity of
Local authorities are investigating the cause of the
blast, the spokesman said.
China`s coal mines are considered the most dangerous in
the world, although the industry`s safety record has improved
in recent years after the government intervened to shut down
small and illegal mines. The annual death toll in Chinese coal
mines are now about one-third of nearly 7,000 in 2002.