September 30, 2008
Coal Mine Accident Kills Six in Southwest China
Coal mine accident kills six in southwest China
KUNMING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A coal and gas outburst left six miners dead in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Monday, local authorities said.
The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the Xiaowuqie Coal Mine in the Zhaxi Township of Weixin County, a county government spokesman said, providing no further details.
It was not immediately known how many people were working in the shaft when the accident took place.
Outburst is a phenomenon characterized by ejection of gas and coal from the solid face into the mine, where the gas is a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.
Investigation into the accident is underway.
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