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The methane explosion at the Taizhina coalmine in the Kemerovo region
The methane explosion at the Taizhina coalmine in the Kemerovo region, on Saturday might have been caused by a sparkle from shifting coal seams, the press service of the regional administration said. Governor Aman Tuleyev believes that when coal seams shift, their movement generates thermal power that may give a sparkle and result in a methane explosion. Rescuers are trying to make their way towards the coalminers trapped under the ground from the neighbouring Ossinnikovskaya coalmine. “Practically 16 hours have passed since the tragedy, and we are doing everything we can to step up work because the trapped coalminers may have a limited supply of air,” an administration official said. The explosion occurred 500 metres under the ground and destroyed many tunnels. Rescuers have to use bypassing routes that sometimes are as long as five kilometres. But they still hope to find the coalminers alive. The regional administration will pay 30,000 roubles to the families of those who died as a result of the accident, and 20,000 will be paid to them by the administration of the town of Osinniki where the coalmine is located. According to the latest information, 22 people were killed as a result of the explosion and 13 rescued. There were 62 people under the ground when the accident occurred. The fate of 27 coalminers remains unknown. The explosion occurred at 3 a.m. Saturday (2300 GMT Friday) for unknown reasons. The prosecutor's office in Osinniki has instituted legal proceedings in connection with the case, under the Criminal Code article on “violation of safety regulations during mining works.” Deputy Prosecutor General Valentin Simuchenkov is overseeing the investigation.
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