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Last Friday there was an explosion in a coal mine on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. 29 miners are trapped including a 17 year old on his first day.

Today there was a second explosion and they don't expect any survivors.

 

http://www.3news.co.nz/National/PikeRiverMineExplosion/tabid/1481/Default.aspx

 

 

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It's the second tragedy to hit the South Island in 2 months. There was a 7.1 magnitude earth quake near Christchurch, luckily no fatalities. This wasn't the big one they were expecting. I wonder what is next.

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10671071

 

http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3603824

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Been almost exactly 20 years since I last worked under ground.

 

These still always hit like a tonne of bricks. So very similar to the Westray mine explosion in 1992 here in Nova Scotia. I had just left the mining industry about a year before. Twenty-one of the Twenty-six were friends.

 

RIP boys.

 

 

Teresa, many mining companies are making huge strides forward in "Tele-mining" where the operators of various pieces of equipment (scoops, Load/haul/Dumps, multi-boom drills) stays on the surface 95% of the time, but the brass tacks are, that so long as we need coal, lead, zinc, tin, gold, silver, diamonds and on and on, miners are going to have to go underground for at least some functions.

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