A Russian mine blast has killed at least 18 people. The blast took place in a Komi region mine on Monday (Feb. 11), according to a report that was just released. The latest report states that 23 men were in the mine at the time of the explosion, with two mean escaping on their own and three others getting rescued by crews on the scene. Unfortunately, 18 miners did not survive the blast.
A cause of the explosion has not yet been released and Russian investigators have opened a probe into it, but the early revelation was that it was based on a methane build-up. Among the answers that they are looking for is whether there were any violations of safety rules in the mine.
The Investigative Committee is already on scene to conduct their search for answers. All of this is taking place at the Vorkutinskaya mine in Vorkuta, Komi region, around 1,160 miles northeast of Moscow.
When the news originally broke on this story, the information relayed was that rescue teams were trying to reach the men in the mine. The explosion was stated to have taken place at 10:28 am local time, but even then the information coming out Russia was incomplete.
The Associated Press also reported that during the month of January, two separate mine accidents in Russia led to the deaths of nine people. This Russian mine blast seems to be just the latest in a series of accidents within the country.