Eight Dead, 72 Missing In Columbian Mine Explosion
June 17, 2010
The mine was in the city of Amaga, in the northwest region of the country.
The explosion occurred around 1 A.M., during a shift change, when it was much fuller than usual. A buildup of gas is believed to be the cause.
“This is very sad news. The information I have from the minister [of mining] is that they have retrieved eight bodies. This is very grave. And I give this news to Colombians with much pain,” President Alvara Uribe said.
Rescuers are currently working to get the remaining minors out.