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Russia: Mine collapse death toll hits four as search for survivors continues00:51

Russia: Mine collapse death toll hits four as search for survivors continues

Russian Federation, Vorkuta, Komi Republic
February 26, 2016 at 10:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

The death toll from the mine collapse in Vortuka rose to four on Friday morning after personnel from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) found two more bodies during their search for survivors. Currently 26 miners remain trapped underground.

The mine collapsed after a rock burst occurred on Thursday evening. A team of miners were working 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) below the surface of the remote 'Northern' mine, located in the Arctic Circle about 2,000 kilometres (1240 miles) north east of Moscow, at the time of the burst.

The regional Emergency Ministry reported that 110 people were down the shaft at the time of the incident. Immediately after the collapse, emergency teams established contact with those stranded underground and after gas concentration levels were measured, the rescue operation was launched.

In the initial rescue operation 79 miners were brought to the surface, four of whom were injured.

A rock burst happens when flexible rock underlies heavier less malleable layers leading to debris 'bursting' or 'exploding' under immense pressure at potentially fatal speeds.

Russia: Mine collapse death toll hits four as search for survivors continues00:51
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The death toll from the mine collapse in Vortuka rose to four on Friday morning after personnel from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) found two more bodies during their search for survivors. Currently 26 miners remain trapped underground.

The mine collapsed after a rock burst occurred on Thursday evening. A team of miners were working 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) below the surface of the remote 'Northern' mine, located in the Arctic Circle about 2,000 kilometres (1240 miles) north east of Moscow, at the time of the burst.

The regional Emergency Ministry reported that 110 people were down the shaft at the time of the incident. Immediately after the collapse, emergency teams established contact with those stranded underground and after gas concentration levels were measured, the rescue operation was launched.

In the initial rescue operation 79 miners were brought to the surface, four of whom were injured.

A rock burst happens when flexible rock underlies heavier less malleable layers leading to debris 'bursting' or 'exploding' under immense pressure at potentially fatal speeds.

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