Twenty-seven miners have been declared missing after an explosion in New Zealand’s South Island, jogging our collective memory of the Chilean miners who were trapped underneath the ground for 69 days. –JCL


Twenty-seven miners are missing after an explosion at a remote coal mine on New Zealand’s South Island.

The mayor of Greymouth, 46km (29 miles) south-west of the Pike River mine, said the situation was “pretty serious” but that rescuers were on hand.

However, concerns about the possibility of another explosion have delayed attempts to enter the mineshaft.

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