32 miners missing after mine explosion in Turkey

May 17, 2010 by Ken Ward Jr.

This just in from The Associated Press:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion ripped through a major coal mine in northern Turkey on Monday, trapping 32 workers, authorities said.

The blast took place at the Karadon mine near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak. There was no immediate word on its cause. It was the third mine accident in Turkey in the past six months.

Gov. Erdal Ata of Zonguldak province said 32 workers were 1,770 feet (540 meters) below ground and there had been no contact with them since the blast.

“We are trying to reach them,” Labor Minister Omer Dincer said.

Engineer Husnu Unal said eight other workers who had been underground were rescued. Some of them suffered from smoke inhalation and were taken to local hospitals, authorities said.

Anxious relatives of the workers waited for news alongside dozens of ambulances at the mine entrance, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Safety violations and outdated equipment have been factors in past mine accidents in Turkey.

In February, a methane gas explosion collapsed an underground chamber in a coal mine in northwestern Balikesir province, killing 13 workers. In December, a similar accident killed 19 miners in neighboring Bursa province.

In Turkey’s worst mining disaster, a gas explosion killed 270 workers near Zonguldak in 1992.

One Response to “32 miners missing after mine explosion in Turkey”

  1. clay ton says:

    The first methane coal mine detector was invented around 1820.

    With the endless methane explosions in coal mines around the world one might expect responsible governments and coal extraction companies to manage methane for profit and to protect the planet from additional greenhouse gas (GHG). Am I missing something here or are the lives of miners inconsequential?

    http://www.epa.gov/cmop
    http://www.epa.gov/cmop/newsroom/international.html
    http://www.methanetomarkets.org/successstories.aspx

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