Mine collapses in east China

A gypsum mine collapsed in Pingyi County of east China’s Shandong Province on Friday.

One person has been killed.

Rescuers have managed to pull out 11 miners and are now searching for another 18 who remain trapped. Their locations have been determined. But rescuers are having difficulties in reaching them.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): WU ZHENHUA, Pingyi Work Safety Bureau
“The major difficulty we face now is that part of the shaft has collapsed and rescuers cannot move in to get out the trapped miners.”

The mine produces gypsum, a soft sulfate mineral widely used in construction.

The collapse caused a 4-magnitude earthquake in Pingyi County, forcing a brief halt of train service.

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