Blasted coalmine full of methane

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A heavy build-up of methane gas and a threat of explosions are blocking search and rescue operations in the Raspadskaya coalmine in Kemerovo Region in Western Siberia. Rescuers are flooding the mine and pumping fire retarding chemicals into it. Sixty six people are known dead after two powerful blasts there last weekend. Twenty four mineworkers remain unaccounted for.

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