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31 Coal Miners Die, 48 Hurt in Explosion

World IN BRIEF / UKRAINE

April 05, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

A methane gas explosion and fire tore through a deep coal mine, killing at least 31 miners and injuring 48 others, emergency officials said. At least 30 miners were missing, and the death toll was expected to rise. The blast occurred at a depth of more than 3,600 feet in the Skachinskoho mine in the eastern city of Donetsk. It was the country's worst coal mine accident since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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