Methane explosions in Russian coal mine kill 36; cause disputed

February 28, 2016 9:27 PM

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Three explosions of methane gas at a faulty coal mine in an Arctic Russian town have killed 36 people, including five rescuers, officials and families said Sunday.

Two blasts tore through the Severnaya mine in the Komi region late Thursday, killing four miners and leaving another 26 trapped deep underground, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.

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