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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mine Blasts Continue




MOSCOW -- More explosions shook a coal mine in the Russian arctic Thursday, hampering efforts to recover more of the bodies of miners believed killed in a methane blast Sunday.


Funerals were held Thursday for four of the 10 miners whose bodies have been retrieved from the Tsentralnaya mine near Vorkuta, a city inside the Arctic Circle about 2,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow, news agencies reported.


Meanwhile, a miner was killed in an apparent accident in another Vorkuta coal mine Wednesday night.


The body of the 40-year-old miner was found by his co-workers in a coal container, Interfax and Itar-Tass said. The cause of his death was not yet determined and an investigation was under way.


The new explosions in the Tsentralnaya mine were caused by a buildup of methane gas in the shafts.