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At least two miners killed in Russian iron mine explosion

19 January 2015

At least two miners died in an explosion at the Yuahnaya iron ore mine in Russia's Sverdlovsk region on January 17, TASS reported. Earlier reports said a third miner was also missing. Two injured miners have been sent to the central hospital in the city of Kushva, and are reported to be in a “moderately severe” condition.

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As many as 89 miners were working at a depth of 440 metres in the mine under the Ural Mountains.when the explosion occurred, and 86 of them have been evacuated, a local police spokesman said.

The blast reportedly took place as workers were preparing an explosion to dislodge ore from a seam."We believe the explosion substance was quarry powder. There is information that a miner received earlier 12 kilograms of the explosive," the local authorities' press service said.

Rescue operations were "difficult" due to the fire, the Russian ministry of emergency situations said. More than 80 rescuers were searching for victims and trying to put out the underground blaze.

Russia's Investigative Committee said a criminal case has been opened on possible violation of safety regulations.

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