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Toll Climbs In China Mine Blast.

At least 73 miners have been killed in an explosion at a coal mine in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi.

Rescue workers are at the scene in Gujiao city attempting to rescue dozens of miners who remain trapped.

More than 400 men were at work at the time of the explosion but most managed to escape, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

China has the world's deadliest mining industry, with 3,200 deaths reported last year.

Rescue workers said 113 miners were in hospital, with 21 being in a critical condition.

Feb 1950: Yiluo mine, Henan province - 174 dead
May 1960: Laobaidong mine, Shanxi province - 684 dead
Sept 2000: Muchonggou mine, Guizhou province - 162 dead
Nov 2004: Chenjiashan mine, Shaanxi province - 166 dead
Feb 2005: Sunjiawan mine, Liaoning province - 210 dead
Nov 2005: Dongfeng mine, Heilongjiang - 171 dead
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Added: Feb-22-2009 Occurred On: Feb-22-2009
By: barnesy
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