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12 killed, more missing in W. Virginia mine blast

 Authorities survey the scene of a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday April 5, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock...
 West Virginia State Police direct traffic at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Monday, April 5, 2010 in Montcoal, W.Va.  (AP...
 View of the tipple near the scene of a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday April 5, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jon C. Han...
 Families and friends wait alongside emergency personnel after a mine explosion occured at the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday Ap...
 Emergency vehicles leave the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Monday, April 5, 2010 in Montcoal, W.Va.  (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)...
 Billy Pettry, Caden Gray, 5, and Brandon Gray, from left, sit on the steps of the Marsh Fork Worship Center in Eunice, W.Va., near the entrance to Ma...
 Emergency vehicles leave the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Monday, April 5, 2010 in Montcoal, W.Va. after an explosion at th...
 View of the tipple near the scene of a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday April 5, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jon C. Han...
 Map locates where a mine explosion in West Virginia left multiple fatalities.

APTOPIX Mine Explosion

Authorities survey the scene of a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday April 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock...

APTOPIX Mine Explosion

West Virginia State Police direct traffic at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Monday, April 5, 2010 in Montcoal, W.Va. (AP...

Mine Explosion

View of the tipple near the scene of a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday April 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Jon C. Han...

Mine Explosion

Families and friends wait alongside emergency personnel after a mine explosion occured at the Upper Big Branch Mine, in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday Ap...

Mine Explosion

Emergency vehicles leave the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Monday, April 5, 2010 in Montcoal, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)...

Mine Explosion

Billy Pettry, Caden Gray, 5, and Brandon Gray, from left, sit on the steps of the Marsh Fork Worship Center in Eunice, W.Va., near the entrance to Ma...

Mine Explosion

Emergency vehicles leave the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Monday, April 5, 2010 in Montcoal, W.Va. after an explosion at th...

APTOPIX Mine Explosion

View of the tipple near the scene of a mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., on Monday April 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Jon C. Han...

MINE_EXPLOSION

Map locates where a mine explosion in West Virginia left multiple fatalities.

A mine safety administrator says 12 workers are dead and more trapped deep underground after a explosion rocked a remote West Virginia coal mine.
The explosion happened about 3 p.m. Monday at Massey Energy Co.'s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Charleston.


Updated : 2021-07-31 16:26 GMT+08:00