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PostSubject: Pike River Mine disaster   Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:56 am

The Pike River Mine disaster was a coal mining accident that began on 19 November 2010 in the Pike River Mine, 46 kilometres (29 mi) northeast of Greymouth, in the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. A first explosion occurred in the mine at approximately 3:44 pm (NZDT, UTC+13). At the time of the explosion 31 miners were present in the mine. Two miners managed to walk from the mine; they were treated for moderate injuries and released from hospital later that day. The remaining miners were believed to be at least 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) from the mine's entrance.[1]
Following a second explosion on 24 November at 2:37 pm, the 29 remaining miners are believed to be dead.[2] Police Superintendent Gary Knowles, officer in command of the rescue operation (Operation Pike) said he believed that "based on that explosion, no one survived".[3] A third explosion occurred at 3:39 pm 26 November; it appeared to be smaller than the first two.[4]
The first explosion is believed to have occurred at around 3:44 pm NZDT on 19 November 2010. Two miners managed to walk from the mine later the same day,[6][7] having been in the access tunnel, or just off it, some distance from the source of the explosion. Both were taken to Greymouth Hospital suffering moderate injuries.

Initial media reports were unclear as to the number of miners and contractors remaining within the mine, with various numbers between 25 and 33 being mentioned.[8] It was eventually ascertained that there were 29 men trapped: 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons (from Scotland), and one South African national.[9] The names of the missing miners were released on 21 November.[10]

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