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    Vol. 69/No. 8           February 28, 2005 
Mine explosion in China kills 210;
worst in 15 years

At least 210 coal miners were killed February 15 when a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in China's northeastern province of Liaoning. It is China's worst mine disaster in 15 years, according to Chinese news services. Above, workers wait at the scene after the blast. Mine accidents killed 6,027 miners in China last year, according to the People's Daily. The day after the explosion in Liaoning, another mine explosion in the southwestern province of Yunnan killed five miners and left 17 missing. So far this year 260 miners have been reported killed and 22 missing in mine accidents.
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