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Trapped miners rescued after China coal mine accident kills 8

(Xinhua)

11:36, November 05, 2011

Rescued miners walk out of the coal mine after being trapped underground for more than 30 hours at the Qianqiu Coal Mine in Sanmenxia City, central China's Henan Province, Nov. 5, 2011. Forty-five miners were confirmed alive among the total 49 trapped miners after a rock slide that occurred Thursday evening. As of Saturday morning, 37 rescued miners have been lifted to the surface, and rescue is continuing. Eight miners were confirmed dead in the accident, which happened after a 2.9-magnitude earthquake hit the city, triggering a rock slide that blocked off one of the mine's shafts, trapping the workers underground. The coal mine belongs to the Yima Coal Group, a major state-owned coal enterprise in Henan. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)

SANMENXIA, Henan, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers pulled out the last of the 45 surviving miners who were trapped for 40 hours following a rock burst that hit a central Chinese coal mine, leaving eight workers dead.

The last worker was seen waving his hands to the rescue team and journalists at 11:46 a.m. as he walked out of the Qianqiu Coal Mine with the support of other rescuers.

A rock burst occurred in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia, Henan province, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake on Thursday evening.

Of the 75 miners working in the shaft when the accident happened, 14 managed to escape and four were confirmed dead soon after accident. The remaining 57 workers were stranded in the mine.

Rescuers rescued eight workers as of Friday and found four bodies while searching for the trapped Saturday morning, bringing the total death toll to eight.

The coal mine, with an annual production capacity of 2.1 million tonnes, belongs to Yima Coal Group, a major state-owned coal enterprise in Henan.

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