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Explosion Traps Dozens Of New Zealand Miners

Again? Hopefully this time the miners won’t have to wait 2 months to see sunlight again. The New York Times reports:

At least two dozen men were trapped underground after an explosion on Friday rocked the country’s largest coal mine in a mountainous region in the country’s South Island.

Authorities said it was too early to determine a cause of the explosion, and said no deaths had been reported from the accident. Local media reported two people had been pulled safely from the collapsed mine, located near the town of Atarau near the west coast of the South Island.

Earlier in the day Pike River Coal, the company operating the mine, said 27 people were in the mine, but it was not clear whether the two men who had emerged were included in that figure. The New Zealand National Police was unable to confirm the exact number missing.

Rescue teams were assessing the safety of the mine before beginning their descent, trying to make sure vents were clear and that gas would not build up in the mine, local media reported.

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33 Chilean Women Lock Themselves In 9,000 ft Deep Mine

A group of Chilean men were just recently pulled out of a mine creating quite a media parade. Now a group of Chilean women have willingly entered a mine in protest. If a group of men can gain global attention from being in a mine, so can women. At least, that’s the approach. From BBC News:

Thirty-three women in Chile have shut themselves in a mine after a government jobs programme that helped the victims of last February’s earthquake ended.

The women, in an echo of the story of the 33 trapped and then rescued miners, went into a former coal mine 500km (300 miles) south of Santiago.

“We’ve done many things to be taken into account but the government hasn’t listened to us,” a spokeswoman said.

The rescue of the miners made headlines around the world.

The women were part of an emergency works programme generating jobs at one point for some 12,000 people in regions seriously affected by February’s devastating earthquake.

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