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An horrific scene is taking place right now at a coal mine in Western Turkey, where it is being reported that an explosion and fire is responsible for killing at least 205 miners and leaving more than 200 others trapped underground. This is one of the worst mining accidents in Turkish history, and could end up being the worst in all of mining history. The explosion is thought to have been started after an electrical malfunction caused a fire in a power distribution unit.
This accident happened on Tuesday. By Wednesday, roughly 360 workers had been brought to safety by hundreds of rescuers, including some miners who actually survived the explosion. It's incredible to hear that some actually survived the initial blast, as the depth on the mine reached 1.5 kilometers, and the amount of black smoke caught on camera as the first men emerged from the collapsed exit was astoundingly thick and vicious.
The total number of miners involved is hard for officials to say, as the explosion happened during a shift change. But it is believed that 787 miners were involved. So far, official fatalities are at 205, 80 injured, 360 rescued and at least 200 more still trapped. Adding those figures together gets you 845.. reports and numbers will fluctuate and change as this story progresses. Exact numbers and figures are less important though than the tragedy that took place, and is still taking place for the miners and their families in Soma, Turkey. Rescuers are "losing hope" that many more, if any at all of the miners still trapped inside can be gotten to in time.
Here is a live update news article from The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/14/turkey-mine-explosion-rescue-opera...