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.


Tens of thousands evacuated in Italy as WWII bomb defused

Updated 9 min 11 sec ago

Tens of thousands evacuated in Italy as WWII bomb defused

  • The bomb was found during work on a cinema
  • Residents within a 1.5-km radius were evacuated

ROME: Around 54,000 people were evacuated from the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday as experts worked to defuse a World War II bomb, in the largest operation of its kind in the country, media said.
The British bomb, one-meter long and weighing 200 kilograms, was found on November 2 during work on a cinema.
The device was damaged by the workers’ equipment, making the operation trickier.
All residents within a 1.5-kilometer radius were evacuated, and gas supplies were cut in homes within 500 meters of the site.
Some air traffic and rail services were also suspended.
More than 1,000 members of the security forces and around 250 volunteers took part in the evacuation operation.
The AGI news agency said the evacuation of more than half Brindisi’s population of some 87,000 began on Saturday with the transfer of 217 prisoners to other detention facilities.