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Strong earthquake in southwest Pakistan kills at least 23

Oct. 07, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful earthquake collapsed at least one coal mine and dozens of mud houses in southwest Pakistan early Thursday, killing at least 23 people as the death toll continued to creep higher. At least another 200 people were injured, an official said. ...

German court hears damages claim over Brazil dam collapse

Sep. 28, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Munich court on Tuesday heard a claim for compensation from a German certification company over a devastating dam collapse in Brazil in January 2019. More than 270 people died when the dam at a mine operated by Brazilian mining company Vale collapsed,...

39 workers trapped in Canadian mine but evacuation underway

Sep. 27, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

SUDBURY, Ontario (AP) — An operation was underway Monday to evacuate 39 miners trapped underground for more than 24 hours after a mechanical problem blocked the entrance shaft to a mine in northern Ontario. Mining company Vale said a rescue team had reached the...

Additional homes may be at risk where sinkhole exposed mine

Sep. 24, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

BLACK HAWK, S.D. (AP) — A second phase of geophysical tests in a Rapid City area neighborhood where a sinkhole exposed an abandoned mine shows 30 additional homes may be affected. The sinkhole that exposed the old gypsum mine opened in April 2020 in the Black Hawk...

COVID-19 toll in WVa eclipses worst US coal mine disaster

Sep. 23, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice compared the skyrocketing number of coronavirus deaths in West Virginia to some of the state’s worst coal mining disasters, asking why the daily tolls don’t motivate more people to get their COVID-19 shots. This month's...

Community marks 20th anniversary of Alabama mine disaster

Sep. 23, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama community marked the 20th anniversary Thursday of an underground explosion that killed more than a dozen coal miners in one of the state's worst mining disasters in generations. The Alabama Miner's Memorial Foundation planned a memorial...

Montana communities evacuated as wind pushes wildfire

Aug. 17, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

FORT BELKNAP, Mont. (AP) — Authorities ordered evacuations on Tuesday among remote communities in north-central Montana as strong winds propelled a large wildfire toward inhabited areas. A mandatory evacuation covered the former mining town of Zortman, which has about...

2 killed in separate accidents at West Virginia coal mines

Aug. 11, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two employees have died in separate accidents at coal mines in West Virginia this month, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. Timothy Keith Collins, 53, of Mill Creek, died in an accident Wednesday in Randolph County. He was an independent coal...

Helena says Tenmile Creek more contaminated than EPA found

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Water samples taken by Helena City staff in Tenmile Creek following a mine waste spill earlier this month show severely higher levels of metals and arsenic than those reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Helena Independent Record reported. ...

New highway marker commemorates Siltix Mine explosion

Jul. 26, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) — A new West Virginia highway marker commemorates the Siltix Mine explosion that killed seven people. The marker was unveiled last week in Mount Hope on the 55th anniversary of the blast, the Herald-Dispatch reported. The...