An explosion took place in a mine in eastern Germany on November 8. The explosion wounded two people and nearly 36 have been rescued to a safe area. The workers had been trapped at the Teutschenthal mine after the explosion has escaped to the safe area reportedly 700 meters underground after several hours. According to the reports, the fire brigade had been working to extract all the workers. The two injured people were of Polish and German nationality, and one of them is 'seriously' injured.
Authorities have halted all the work at the mine until the cause of the explosion is investigated. However, early inquiries suggest a hydrogen explosion or deflagration. The site of the accident is located outside the city of Halle which is nearly 150 kilometres southwest of Berlin. The facility was built for mining potash until 1982, after which it was being used to store mineral waste with nearly 100 workers.
Recently, an explosion took place at a mine in Kentucky which caused a 62-year-old worker to fall. The officials had also started a recovery operation at Paradise Mine in Central City. The state Energy and Environment Cabinet said that an iron welder was constructing a form that was used to fill a mine shaft with concrete in order to seal and close the mine. It was a methane gas explosion in the shaft which caused the worker to fall.
The representatives of the United States Mine Safety along with Cabinet personnel, Health Administration were at the site while all the mine operations were also shut down. An explosion had also destroyed a remote West Virginia coal mine with a history of safety problems. 12 workers were killed while at least 10 others were trapped thousands of feet underground. This was also the worst U.S. mine disaster since 2006.