Methane blast kills 18 at Russia coal mine

February 12, 2013 - 4:55:34 am
The entrance to ‘Vorkutinskaya’ coal mine in the remote town of Vorkuta. An underground methane gas explosion killed up to 18 miners at a coal pit in northern Russia. Rescue workers said they had brought 10 bodies to the surface at the mine and were trying to recover eight others. About 250 people had been at the pit at the time of the blast, about 2,600 feet below the surface but most had escaped or been rescued, government officials said.