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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 02/04/2010 22:11:26
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Just came accross this topic on the news. This seems to be something that happens quite often in China these days.

BEIJING -Rescuers cheered Friday after hearing faint signs of life — tapping noises, and possibly shouting — from inside a flooded Chinese coal mine where 153 workers have been trapped for more than five days.
Footage on state-run China Central Television showed rescuers tapping on pipes with a wrench, then cheering and jumping after hearing a response. They lowered pens and paper, along with glucose and milk, down metal pipes to the spot where the tapping was heard.
About 3,000 rescuers were working nonstop to pump water out of the Wangjialing mine, which government officials say flooded Sunday afternoon when workers digging tunnels broke into an old shaft filled with water. But experts said it could still take days to reach the miners — and their survival depended on whether they had decent air to breathe and clean water to drink.
"They're doing probably the only thing they can do, which is to pump water as fast as they possibly can," said David Feickert, a coal mine safety adviser to the Chinese government. He said some mines have rescuers trained as divers for cases like this. "But from the sound of it, there's too much water in this mine and they're not sure where people are."
The flood was one of three coal mine accidents in China this week. A gas explosion Wednesday in the central province of Henan killed 19 and left 24 trapped, and nine people died Thursday in northwestern Shaanxi province.
Wen Changjin, an official with the news center set up at the site, said rescuers tapping on the pipes began to hear responses from about 820 feet (250 meters) below ground at about 2 p.m.
Rescuer Zhao Chuan told The Associated Press that another rescue team had reported hearing people shouting underground. Wen said officials at the news center had not heard reports of shouting.
Zhao was quoted by state-run China Central Television as saying that an iron wire was found tied to a drill rod and rescuers think it may have been attached by one of the trapped miners. Images of the iron wire showed it had been shaped into a circle, with its ends twisted together.
The signs of possible life gave hope to the miners' relatives.
"I'm so happy to hear the news, and I think everybody is," Tang Yinfeng, whose brother-in-law is trapped, said by phone Friday night from near the mine in the northern province of Shanxi. "The rescue work is much faster than before. We're grateful for their effort." Earlier, relatives had complained the work was going too slowly.
The 153 workers were believed to be trapped on nine different platforms in the mine, which was flooded with up to 37 million gallons (140,000 cubic meters) of water, the equivalent of more than 55 Olympic swimming pools, state television has reported.
Rescuers said four of the platforms were not totally submerged, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, adding that the water level underground had dropped by 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) as of noon Friday.
The miners' survival depends on several factors, including how cold and wet they are and how much air is available, said David Creedy, a former mine consultant who now works in China for Sindicatum Carbon Capital.
"Certainly for the current time, a week or so, there's a good chance" of survival, he said.
A preliminary investigation found that the mine's managers ignored water leaks from the abandoned mine before the accident, the State Administration of Work Safety said.
"Water leaks were found numerous times in underground shafts," but the mine's managers "did not take the actions necessary to evacuate people," it said. The managers also caused overcrowding by assigning extra tunneling crews in a rush to finish work, the agency added.
It could prove to be the deadliest mine accident in China since a coal mine flood in the eastern province of Shandong in August 2007 killed 172 miners.
China's coal mines are the world's deadliest, despite government efforts to reduce fatalities. Most accidents are blamed on failure to follow safety rules or lack of required ventilation, fire controls and equipment.
Accidents killed 2,631 coal miners in China last year, down from 6,995 deaths in 2002, the most dangerous year on record, according to the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety.
Families of the trapped miners waited Friday with a mix of optimism and nerves.
"I saw the news on CCTV and hope he is still alive," said Long Limin, whose brother-in-law is underground. "But my heart is still heavy because finding a sign of life doesn't mean that he is still alive. The more time passes, the less chance they are alive."




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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 02/04/2010 23:10:46
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Since 2002,on average 5,000 Miners a year have died,last year i believe it was around 3,000.
Safety does`nt come into the equation in China,you would have thought they had Abandonment plans to locate old shafts,and then Advance bore for safety,
And this was a State Mine,not one of many Private Mines that have been blamed for past disaster`s.
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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 02/04/2010 23:15:03
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This seems to be happening all the time in China. It really saddens me especially as where I live there is a new wharf handling imported Chinese coal from a place where guys are getting killed all the time, even though there are millions of tons of the stuff right under us.

I get mad that this kind of disaster hardly ever gets proper news coverage as well, and yet one guy getting blown up in a foreign war seems to make the headlines.
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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 02/04/2010 23:23:11
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Dean,
They are always on Yahoo news,

I am shocked that you say about Chinese imports coming into your part of the country,
I thought the Chinese had halted exports ,as they need every ounce themselves ,for thier energy needs,

Are you sure its not Russian?
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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 02/04/2010 23:36:23
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Ty Gwyn wrote:

Dean,
They are always on Yahoo news,

I am shocked that you say about Chinese imports coming into your part of the country,
I thought the Chinese had halted exports ,as they need every ounce themselves ,for thier energy needs,

Are you sure its not Russian?


Actually you could be right. They were importing Chinese coal a while back, I do know that for sure, but they also handle Russian as well. Perhaps its only Russian now. Still bugs me that the abandoned pit upon which the wharf sits has a proven seam of 60 million tons of good coal though.

Regarding the news, I dont know about Yahoo but when I look at newspapers, or watch the BBC news, these accidents hardly get a mention at all, especially in the newspapers. It just seems that miners never seem to get the respect they deserve considering the conditions they have to endure.
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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 05/04/2010 08:20:25
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Well some good news as the miners have been rescued -

Dozens of Chinese coal miners have been rescued alive after being trapped for more than a week in a flooded shaft, sparking cheers among hundreds of rescue workers who had raced to save them and almost given up hope.
A live state television broadcast counted off the number of survivors - now up to 105 - as miners wrapped in blankets were hurried to ambulances that sped to nearby hospitals.
State television said rescuers were preparing to pull others out of the mine, though conditions underground remain complicated. A total of 153 workers had been trapped.
"A miracle has finally happened," a rescue headquarters spokesman, Liu Dezheng, said.
The first rescue had seemed beyond hope for days before crews heard tapping from deep underground.
Some of the soaked miners had hung from shaft walls by their belts for days. Hundreds of rescuers were underground with hopes that glimpses of swinging lights and new tapping sounds meant even more survivors could be found.
Mr Liu said the first batch of nine rescued miners were in a stable condition.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency said all nine were conscious and could say their name and home town, but their bodies had suffered from being soaked for so long. Television footage showed at least one miner was brought out barefoot.
China Central Television said some miners managed to attach themselves to a wall with their belts when the water rushed in, and they hung there for three days before getting into a mining cart that floated by.
The miners had been trapped since March 28 when workers digging tunnels broke into a water-filled abandoned shaft. Before rescuers heard tapping noises from below, they had feared this would be China's deadliest mine disaster in more than two years.


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IP: 195.93.21.5 Edited: 05/04/2010 08:23:12 by hymac580c
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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 05/04/2010 08:30:55
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looking at the various news coverage of this, the numbers seem to vary considerably.

If I were a cynical soul, which heaven forfend, I'd suspect that there are still some numbers trapped beyond any serious expectation of rescue
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153 miners trapped in Chineese coal mine
Posted: 05/04/2010 10:26:16
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Described as a "miracle" by the New York Times.

114 out of 153 rescued, which doesn't meet my expectation of miracle...



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