Up to 120 evacuated from smoking mine in north-western Russia

Published time: 8 Mar, 2018 08:10Edited time: 8 Mar, 2018 08:26

An underground smoke alarm has prompted the evacuation of some 120 miners from the “Komsomolskaya” coal mine located outside Vorkuta, a city in Russia’s Far North, local media reported.

“Smoke having been detected inside a defunct tunnel at a depth of 705 meters, 118 miners are being lifted up [from the coal mine],” a source the in local emergency service told RIA Novosti on Thursday. Five rescue crews have already arrived at the mine owned by the Vorkutaugol mining company, he said, adding that the cause of the smoke alarm is being investigated.

The local branch of the Emergencies Ministry later confirmed the evacuation.

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