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Latest Pasta de Conchos mine disaster Stories

2006-02-28 17:48:17

By Catherine Bremer MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox is under fire for his handling of a coal mine disaster that left hundreds of relatives waiting days for news of 65 men killed in an underground explosion. Fox opted not to visit the mine in the bleak northern state of Coahuila, where families kept vigil for a week awaiting news of the missing miners, finally pronounced dead on Saturday. Fox's office is beating back accusations that his government put pressure...

2006-02-26 14:24:37

By Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Relatives of 65 workers killed in a Mexico coal mine explosion abandoned an emotional week-long vigil at the mine's gates on Sunday after finally being told all the men were dead. The explosion early last Sunday sent temperatures up above 1,100 degrees F. (600 degrees Celsius) and filled the Pasta de Conchos mine in the northern state of Coahuila with lethal levels of methane and carbon monoxide. After six days of frantic...

2006-02-25 21:39:16

By Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - The 65 men trapped by a Mexican coal mine explosion six days ago cannot possibly have survived their ordeal underground and are all dead, mine owners said on Saturday. The Grupo Mexico company said that while no bodies had yet been found, tests showed there was almost no oxygen inside the mine's shafts and tunnels and no hope of finding survivors from the explosion last Sunday. "We are moving on to the hard task of the physical...

2006-02-25 17:45:38

SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - The 65 men trapped underground by a Mexican coal mine explosion six days ago have no chance of survival, the company that owns the mine said on Saturday. The company, Grupo Mexico, said tests of air inside the mine showed there was not enough oxygen to sustain human life and that there was no chance of finding survivors from the explosion last Sunday.

2006-02-25 12:32:14

By Frank Jack Daniel and Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - A six-day search for 65 workers trapped in a Mexican coal mine has been suspended but dozens of relatives refused to leave the mine entrance on Saturday, hoping for a miracle. Officials suspended the search for two or three days on Friday night because high levels of methane gas threatened to spark a new explosion like the one that ripped through the mine last Sunday morning. Rescuers say at least half of...

2006-02-24 21:16:09

By Frank Jack Daniel and Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Rescuers suspended the search on Friday for 65 men trapped by a Mexican coal mine explosion as high levels of methane gas threatened a new disaster and all but ended chances of finding survivors. Relatives screamed and wept when a senior executive from mine owner Grupo Mexico told them the search was being postponed for two to three days because of the risk of further blasts in the mine's tunnels. One...

2006-02-24 20:25:13

By Frank Jack Daniel and Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Rescue teams suspended the search on Friday for 65 men trapped by a Mexican coal mine explosion as high levels of methane gas threatened the search crews and battered hopes of finding survivors. Arturo Bermea, a senior executive at mine owner Grupo Mexico, told weeping relatives the search was on hold for two to three days because of the risk of further explosions in the mine's tunnels. Dozens of rescue...

2006-02-24 19:12:40

By Frank Jack Daniel and Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Relatives of 65 men trapped by a Mexican coal mine explosion were close to giving up hope on Friday after tests showed toxic gas had surely killed many of them. Rescue officials and mine owner Grupo Mexico said air tests indicated at least half of the miners missing since Sunday were dead because they were believed to be in sections of the mines where there was simply not enough oxygen to sustain life....

2006-02-24 13:50:22

By Frank Jack Daniel and Monica Medel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors from a Mexican coal mine accident dimmed on Friday after authorities said they had evidence that indicated half of the 65 missing miners probably were dead. Mine owner Grupo Mexico told Reuters that tests in a section of the mine where nine men were thought to be working at the time of Sunday's methane gas explosion showed there was not enough oxygen to sustain life. On Thursday...

2006-02-23 23:29:32

By Frank Jack Daniel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - As many as 25 men trapped in a Mexican coal mine after a huge explosion five days ago were believed to be dead on Thursday as hope dimmed of finding any of the 65 missing miners alive. While no bodies were found, air tests in a section of the Pasta de Conchos mine where men were thought to have been working showed there was not enough oxygen to sustain life, a spokesperson for mine owners Grupo Mexico told Reuters. Labor...


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