No Response Yet from Missing Miners

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Rescue teams are trying to find out if four missing coal miners are still alive in West Virginia, following Monday's deadly explosion.

The Associated Press reports that there has been no response yet from miners by the rescue team's signals. The rescuers have tried banging on a drill pipe and setting off a small explosion above ground that would send seismic signals deep underground.

Rescue workers have been drilling holes near where the missing miners are believed to be. After the holes are bored, they had planned to wait for the toxic Methane gas to be ventilated from the mine before going down to try and find any survivors.

The blast killed 25 miners. It's being called the worst mining accident in the US in over two decades. The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

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