15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

Rescuers are seen at the site of a coal mine explosion in Pingyao, in China's northern Shanxi province early on November 19, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 19 November 2019

15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

  • The blast occurred Monday afternoon, and rescue work was halted early Tuesday morning
  • Such accidents usually occur when volatile coal gas leaking from the seam is not properly ventilated

BEIJING: Authorities in northern China say 15 people were killed and nine injured in a gas explosion inside a coal mine.

The blast occurred Monday afternoon, and rescue work was halted early Tuesday morning after everyone was accounted for.

The Shanxi provincial work safety administration says 11 miners escaped without injury and the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

Such accidents usually occur when volatile coal gas leaking from the seam is not properly ventilated. Once it builds up to high levels of concentration, the gas can be ignited by a simple spark, open flame or electrical equipment.

China’s mines were long the world’s deadliest, but safety improvements, better training and the closure of smaller mines have reduced the toll.


Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

Updated 16 min 16 sec ago

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

  • Six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded, an Iranian official said

Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Mashhad, was quoted as saying six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded.
He said the fire was under control and there were no casualties, but police were investigating the cause.
There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported a fire at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, which was blamed on an oil leak. There were no casualties.