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Eight people partially blocked in coalmine in Russian Arctic — emergencies ministry

February 25, 2016, 16:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. A total of eight people have found themselves blocked in the Severnaya coalmine in the city of Vorkuta in the Russian Arctic after the mine’s rock collapse, communication with them has been established, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s regional department in the Komi Republic told TASS Thursday.

"Out of 105 people in the mine, some 60 have been led out. According to rescue workers, 8 people remain partially blocked and communication has been established with them. Rescuers are heading toward them," a department spokesman said.

Emergencies services received a report on a rock burst at the Severnaya coalmine at 14:31 Moscow Time. Four units of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s militarized mine rescue detachment are working on the site.

The operation of the mine, owned by Vorkutaugol, has been suspended. No one has been reported injured yet.

A rock burst is a spontaneous violent fracture of rock, which may occur in deep mines.

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