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20 killed, 23 missing in second mining accident in China in less than a week

Ventilation machines were pumping methane gas out of the shaft to enable rescuers and firefighters to enter the coal mine. Ventilation machines were pumping methane gas out of the shaft to enable rescuers and firefighters to enter the coal mine. (Associated Press)
By Associated Press
November 11, 2011

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Hundreds of rescuers took turns descending into an illegally operated coal mine yesterday to search for 23 Chinese miners trapped by a gas leak that killed 20 others, in the country’s second deadly mining accident in less than a week. Coal dust forced out of the mine by the powerful leak blanketed the ground 30 feet around the pit, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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