18 miners are feared to have lost their lives when methane gas trapped in the mine caught fire in Russia and resulted in an explosion around 800-meters below ground level as reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com of dated 11th of February 2013.
There were around 250 miners at work underground in the Vorkutinskaya mine located in the icy Komi region and which is owned by Severstal, the largest steel company in Russia.
Rescue workers have already brought out 10 of the bodies and are searching for the remaining 8.
President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to the families of the dead and has asked Vladimir Puchkov, his Minister of Emergencies to go to Komi located 1200-Km northeast of Moscow.
The families of the victims would get compensation of 2-million roubles each($66.400).
Blasts in mines have happened in the past – an explosion in Kemerevo in 2007 left 110 dead and another in the same place in 2010 killed 60.
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