All 37 Chinese Miners Dead

Relatives slam safety standards in mine
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 6:57 AM CDT
A miner is rescued out of the No. 4 mine owned by Pingyu Coal and Power Company on August 2, 2008 -- two years before the latest explosion killed 37 miners. Fourteen miners died in the 2008 incident.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhu Xiang)
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(Newser) – Chinese officials have pulled the last five bodies of miners from the Yuzhou shaft that exploded Saturday, bringing the toll to 37. The outcome stands in sharp contrast to the rescue in Chile, reports the BBC, with little media attention paid to the latest accident in an industry that lost 2,600 Chinese lives in 2009 alone. Relatives of the dead slammed safety standards at the mine; gas levels in the air were reportedly at 40% when the explosion occurred, 40 times the acceptable threshold.

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