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Disasters 2010 New Zealand Coal Mine Explosion

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#1 FnlPrblm

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 06:22 PM

Unknown at this time if the trapped 29 miners from New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain are alive or not.  At this time, only two survived (one being pulled out by the other).  This blast was at NZ's largest coal mine deposit.  Also, to anyone's knowledge, there were no abnormal concerns before the explosion happened.

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#2 FnlPrblm

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:25 AM

A second blast has happened.  Now it is feared that after such a dramatic explosion, all the miners who were trapped, are now feared dead and the rescue mission has changed into a recovery one.  Hazardous gases have continued to prevent rescue workers to enter the mine after the first explosion.

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"It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." --- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Beryl Coronet

The Boscombe Valley Mystery: "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

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"Such welcome and unwelcome things at once, 'Tis hard to reconcile." --- Macbeth IV.III.138-9


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#3 Balderdash

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:11 AM

So sad...  I wonder why this event hasn't gotten much play in the media.

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#4 Vapor Trails

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:30 PM

How tragic. :( :cry:

Here's a link from the New Zealand Herald, with pictures of the 29 lost miners. :humble:
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Posted 25 November 2010 - 05:13 PM

Terrible news. My condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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#6 Tricia

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 06:15 PM

I've heard some about it but I think that North Korea as well as other news has just pushed it to the side. Not as much airtime.

What with all the mine accidents in recent months and years, might be time to rethink mining regulations.  I know it is generally different in each country but still...something has to change and whatever regulations there are need to be enforced more.

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#7 Themis

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 10:46 PM

I think I heard about it daily on NBC evening news.  Sad outcome.  Mining has never exactly been a safe occupation but there have been too many problems of late.
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#8 SparkyCola

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 11:54 PM

Yeah - it's all over the news here - NZ's South Island hasn't had much luck recently! :(

The thing which struck me though was the supportiveness of that community in the West Coast region - it seems that all the familes of the miners had people bringing them dinners so they didn't have to worry about that while they were waiting for news of their loved ones. It's quite a close knit community really.

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#9 Tricia

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 09:53 AM

View PostThemis, on 25 November 2010 - 10:46 PM, said:

Mining has never exactly been a safe occupation but there have been too many problems of late.


I don't know about those mining companies in other countries but I do know that often here in the US after an accident it comes out that safety regulations were not being followed and/or (usually both though) there were many safety violations by the company in the past. A dangerous mindset that often costs lives.

No doubt it is the same everywhere though mining is dangerous anyway...safety violations and shortcuts don't help matters.


It's always great to see people pull together as a community and help each other in times of loss and trouble.

Edited by Tricia, 26 November 2010 - 09:55 AM.

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