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Miners News

Illegal miners warned that access hole to mineshaft will be shut

Benoni - Authorities have warned illegal miners who refuse to come up out of the abandoned Gold One Kleinfontein Mine in Benoni, that the access hole will be sealed on March 3.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks

Occupy Oakland rally in support of South African Miners (photos) Special

Oakland - On Friday, August 24, Occupy Oakland CA was out in the streets, rallying in support of the striking Marikana miners, gunned down recently by South African police.
Digital Journal Report by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

Hundreds of miners trapped in India by power outage

While 600 million people in India suffer without electricity, hundreds of miners are trapped underground. Officials are attempting a rescue operation.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Madrid, Spain: 76 injured as protesters clash with police

Madrid - It started with coal miners demonstrating in Madrid, then supporters joined them. Then Rajoy introduced more austerity measures. Then the cops stepped in with rubber bullets.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

Spanish coal miners march to Madrid in anti-austerity rally

Madrid - A group of Spanish coal miners, angered by the huge austerity cuts in government subsidies to the mining industry, walked for 3 weeks to meet in Madrid.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Protesting miners use home-made bazookas against Spanish Police

Around 200 miners were protesting austerity cuts yesterday in the northern Spanish village of Ciñera near León. Police used rubber bullets, protesters retaliated with their own home-made weapons.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 14 comments

Op-Ed: 17 days buried alive

Last year, a group of miners in Chile were trapped underground for 69 days before being rescued; they spent the first 17 alone feared dead, and fearing they would never see daylight again.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

All 29 miners dead in New Zealand after second explosion

It was announced that there was no chance of survival for the 29 miners who had been trapped in New Zealand’s Pike River coal mine after a second, massive explosion occurred on Wednesday.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 1 comment

27 New Zealand miners missing after explosion

Greymouth - Twenty-seven miners are missing following a severe gas explosion at a remote mine on New Zealand's South Island. The mayor of the nearest town, Greymouth, said the situation is "pretty serious but rescuers are on hand".
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Chilean Miners Are Free at Last

Who would have thought that after 69 days underground, 33 Chilean miners would still be alive. It is one of the most incredible events the world has witnessed.
In the Media by Oscar Brooks - 1 comment

Photo Essay: Chilean Miners Rescued

The Chilean government has turned to the Web to share images of miners being rescued in Chile. Sharing images on Flickr, the Chilean government is showcasing miners' reactions as they reach the surface after being trapped underground for 69 days.
In the Media by Chris Hogg - 11 comments

Chilean miners ordeal nears an end Special

It is estimated that 2,000 journalists are camped outside the San Jose mine as the time nears for the Chilean miners to be rescued, one by one, from the mine they have been trapped in since August.
Digital Journal Report by Jane Fazackarley

Rescuers may reach trapped Chilean Miners today

Rescuers are one step closer to reaching the 33 miners that are still trapped in a Chilean mine. Drills are cutting an escape shaft through the final section of rock this afternoon.
In the Media by Joe Gullo - 3 comments

Psychologist discusses mental anguish Chilean miners face Special

Since early August 33 miners have been trapped at 2,300ft under the ground. Efforts are underway to get them out and early reports said it might take until Christmas before they could be freed. A psychologist explains the mental effects of being trapped.
Digital Journal Report by Jane Fazackarley - 1 comment

Six days after accident Chilean miners still trapped underground

Copiap - Today, six days since the cave-in of a tunnel in a copper and gold mine buried 33 mining workers near the city of Copiapó in the Atacama Desert, intense efforts to contact and rescue the workers have not succeeded.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 1 comment

Op-Ed: West Virginia‎ Senator Robert C. Byrd dead at 92

Washington - It's with much sorrow that we report today the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. A son of West Virginia, Byrd devoted his life to the Mountain State. His enduring dedication to improving the lives of each person he represented will live on forever.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 3 comments

Grammy winner Alan Jackson performs benefit for WV Coal Miners Special

Grammy Award Winner Alan Jackson hit the stage in Charleston West Virginia Saturday night in a benefit concert for the families of the 29 coal miners killed in April at the Montcoal Mine explosion.
Digital Journal Report by Kim I. Hartman

President Obama delivers eulogy at miners' memorial service

Twenty-nine miners died after a methane gas explosion on April 5 at a West Virginia coal mine. Pres. Obama, Vice Pres. Biden and Gov. Manchin spoke at the memorial service.
In the Media by Kay Mathews

Exclusive Interview: Westboro Baptist Church Shunned by West Va. Special

What if you held a parade or a protest and no one was there to watch? Well that's exactly what happened at some locations in Charleston, WV when Westboro Baptist Church staged hate protests, hoping for a reaction from the miners grieving families.
Digital Journal Report by Kim I. Hartman - 13 comments

Op-Ed: Mountaineers Demand Answers From Feds Special

On April 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch Mine in what one Massey Coal Mine Worker on his way into the mine described as a powerful "whooshing" sound as rock, debris, coal dust and smoke came rolling out of the mine.
Digital Journal Report by Kim I. Hartman - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The Waiting Widows of the West Virginia Coal Mine

As long as we have coal mines in the state of West Virginia we will always have children without fathers, mothers without sons, sisters without brothers and the empty arms of the coal miners' waiting widow.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 8 comments

Series of avalanches in China's NW region kill 4, 500 trapped

Urumchi - An avalanche that struck the northwest region of China has killed at least four people and roughly 500 are still trapped, however, the preliminary numbers are expected to rise.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

Three bodies recovered in Quebec mining accident

The Montreal Gazette has confirmed the body of Marc Guay, 31, has been recovered bringing to an end the search for three missing Quebec miners.
In the Media by Brian Lidster - 1 comment

Flooded Quebec mine traps three workers

They’ve been trapped 485 metres below the ground since Friday and rescue crews are fearing the worst for three Montreal miners.
In the Media by Brian Lidster

Seventh hole to be drilled at Utah mine cave-in site

Washington - Rescuers at a Utah mine where six miners have been trapped by a cave-in for two weeks were to drill a seventh hole in an effort to find the missing men, the mine owner said Sunday.
In the Media by dpa news - 1 comment

The Rescue Effort For The Six Trapped Miners Has To Be Studied For Safety Issues

The heartbreaking decision had to be made in Utah to stop the rescue attempt of the six trapped miners. At this point there is not a safe plan for rescuers to go into the depths of the mine plagued by "mountain bumps".
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

No Sound From Trapped Utah Miners

After laboring 1,800 feet through hard rock the 2 and 1/2 inch drill bit broke through to the chamber where the six miners are beleived trapped. Although the findings are discouraging the rescue team remains hopeful.
In the Media by Samantha A. Torrence - 3 comments

Two killed in West Virginia coal mine collapse

Bodies have been recovered,
In the Media by Carolyn E. Price - 1 comment

9 Men Trapped In A Pennsylvania Coal Mine Are Alive

PITTSBURGH (voa) - Nine miners trapped deep underground in a Pennsylvania coal mine since Wednesday are alive, and efforts are under way to pull them out. Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, who is at the rescue site, says all nine are in "pretty...
In the Media by Digital Journal Staff
 

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Members of the press gather on an authorized part of a hill overlooking the rescue operation involve...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Members of the press gather on an authorized part of a hill overlooking the rescue operation involved in liberating 33 trapped miners in San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile.
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Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
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Family members of Claudio Yañez  34  cheer on as he becomes the eighth miner to leave the San Jose ...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Family members of Claudio Yañez, 34, cheer on as he becomes the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
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Southern West Virginia Miner s Memorial
Dedicated by UMWA District 17  August 15  1998
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Southern West Virginia Miner's Memorial Dedicated by UMWA District 17, August 15, 1998
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Protesting miners respond to police with home-made bazookas.
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Protesting miners respond to police with home-made bazookas.
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Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest in Charleston WV  where they waved signs reading God Ha...
Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest in Charleston WV, where they waved signs reading God Hates Dead Miners, after the 2010 mining disaster that rocked the coal state.
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Juan Illanes  51  shakes hands with Andres Sougarret  chief of rescue operations  and becomes the th...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Juan Illanes, 51, shakes hands with Andres Sougarret, chief of rescue operations, and becomes the third miner to be freed from the San Jose mine where 33 miners have been trapped since August 5th, near Copiapo, Chile.
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Claudio Yañez  34  is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the  Fenix  rescue capsule t...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Claudio Yañez, 34, is the eighth miner to leave the San Jose mine with the "Fenix" rescue capsule the morning of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
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People gather outside the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC to watch as the first miners emerge Octob...
People gather outside the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC to watch as the first miners emerge October 12, 2010.
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Manuel Gonzalez  a rescue specialist from Codelco  will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix ...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Manuel Gonzalez, a rescue specialist from Codelco, will be the first rescuer lowered by the Phoenix 2 rescue capsule into the hole that will save the 33 trapped miners at San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
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South Africa: Marikana miners shot by police
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South Africa: Marikana miners shot by police
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Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
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Miners killed by police at the wildcat strike at Lonmin s mine at Marikana
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Miners killed by police at the wildcat strike at Lonmin's mine at Marikana
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Mario Sepulveda  39  is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule ...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Mario Sepulveda, 39, is the second miner to leave the San Jose mine with the Phoenix rescue capsule the night of October 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for over nine weeks in the mine located near Copiapo, Chile.
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Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
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Florencio Avalos  31  becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident t...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Florencio Avalos, 31, becomes the first miner to exit the Phoenix rescue capsule after an accident trapped 33 miners for 68 days in the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile the night of October 12, 2010.
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Chilean President Sebastian Piñera (left) and Mining Minister Laurence Golborne shake hands after R...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera (left) and Mining Minister Laurence Golborne shake hands after Roberto Rios, a tecnical expert arrives at the bottom of the hole where the 33 trapped miners wait for their exit at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 12, 2010.
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Jorge Galleguillos  55  hugs Chilean president Sebastian Piñera and becomes the eleventh trapped mi...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Jorge Galleguillos, 55, hugs Chilean president Sebastian Piñera and becomes the eleventh trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010.
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Mario Gomez  59  is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collaps...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
Mario Gomez, 59, is the oldest and the ninth of thirty-three miners being liberated from the collapsed San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. The miners have been trapped for 69 days since the collapse of the mine on August 5, 2010.
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The sixth miner to emerge from the San Jose mine was Osman Araya  29  after having been trapped for ...
Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile
The sixth miner to emerge from the San Jose mine was Osman Araya, 29, after having been trapped for 69 days after the collapse of a tunnel on August 5. The rescue operations began bringing miners to the surface on October 13, 2010 near Copiapo, Chile.
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