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PostSubject: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 9:54 am

In the scheme of things by comparison to other countries, not the worst disaster but in a country of 4 million people it's the greatest single loss of life in decades.

Pike River joins list of mining tragedies

Today's Pike River disaster ranks as the worst national mining disaster in 96 years since 43 coal miners lost their lives at Ralph's Mine, Waikato.

For the last five days the Pike River coal mine has been a scene of uncertainty and today's explosion was the news nobody wanted to hear.

In a way this week's vigil has been different as the nation, and the world, stood by awaiting news that would lift spirits.

At 2.37pm today things changed drastically. Any chance of reuniting the miners with their families was erased when a massive second explosion ripped through the mine.

Police Commander Gary Knowles and Pike River Coal chief Peter Whittall had been in the media spotlight for the previous five days. It fell to these men to inform the families of the tragic news.

Not since the Erebus disaster in 1979 has New Zealand experienced a loss of life on this scale, compounded by intense media coverage.

The Greymouth community is in mourning again as they grieve the loss of 29 men.

The worst single event was in 1896 at the Brunner mine, about 25km from Pike River and essentially mining the same coal block, where 65 miners were killed in New Zealand's worst industrial accident.

It was believed an unauthorised detonating of a charge in an abandoned section of the mine - the most likely cause - set off a methane gas explosion, killing half the underground workforce.

Traditional mining is highly dangerous - rock falls, explosions and accidents involving equipment were the most frequent causes of deaths in the New Zealand mining industry when it started out in the 1840s

My thoughts and sympathy the families and local community. Days like these you are thankful for everything you have.
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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 11:04 am

I am really sorry to hear that Dub' Sad

My condolences to the families...It really makes me sad when the hard working blue-collar types get hurt...or worse Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 1:09 pm



There have been a lots of mining accidents this year. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 1:33 pm

Another lot Sad

Really tragic when you hear of things like this, those poor families who will be without a loved one, especially at this time of year it just makes it even more tragic Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 1:37 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. This is terrible.
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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 1:46 pm

HDubNZ wrote:
In the scheme of things by comparison to other countries, not the worst disaster but in a country of 4 million people it's the greatest single loss of life in decades.

Loss of life on any scale, no matter where it is, is a tragedy.

Best wishes to all of the families and lives impacted by this disaster.
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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 24, 2010 5:29 pm

Worst thing was there was the first explosion, then they were unable to get in there, and now with the second they may never get in
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PostSubject: Re: Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ   Mining Tragedy Kills 29 in NZ I_icon_minitimeThu Nov 25, 2010 8:08 am

I was so hoping for a repeat of the Chilean mine rescue. Crying or Very sad
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