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8 Mine Survivors Found After  5 Days
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8 Mine Survivors Found After 5 Days

Rescuers using infrared cameras to peer into darkness at a wrecked mine in eastern China on Wednesday found eight surviving miners who were trapped for five days after a collapse so violent it registered as a seismic event. The disaster on Christmas Day at the gypsum mine in Shandong province killed at least one worker. Nine others remain missing, and 11 made it to safety or were rescued early on, AP reported. The workers were weak with hunger but otherwise were in good health. They told rescuers they were in passages underground that were intact, CCTV reported. Two days after the collapse, the owner of the mine, Ma Congbo, jumped into a well and drowned in an apparent suicide. Four top officials in Pingyi County, where the mine is located, have been fired. The collapse at the gypsum mine was so massive that the national earthquake bureau detected a quiver with a magnitude of 4.0 at the mine site.

 

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