The New Zealand Miners Weren’t So Lucky

Sad news to report on the 29 New Zealand miners, who were trapped in the Pike River Mine.  There was an explosion this morning (local time) and all 29 miners are believed to be dead.

Mine safety expert David Feickert told TVNZ the miners would have not felt the explosion.

“Chances are they became unconscious from the carbon monoxide and wouldn’t be affected by the explosion,” Mr Fieckert said.

“From the samples today [we know] that there was some kind of heating going on, that provides an ignition force.”

He said that given the lack of air ventilation methane gas would have built up a combination between it and the smoldering material would have caused the explosion.

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