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Two injured in Germany mine explosion

08 November 2019

Around three dozen mine staff in eastern Germany were rescued on Friday after being trapped 700 metres (2,300 feet) below ground following an unexplained blast in a potash mine, police said.

Several hours after the explosion, police announced that all the miners had been recovered and gave the all clear. It has been reported that oxygen supplies to the trapped workers are now in place, keeping chances of rescue robust. The injured people were a Polish national and a German national.

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The mining authority said had said it was possible that the trapped staff could be brought to the surface through a shaft that was intact.

The explosion occurred Friday morning on the Teutschenthal facility, close to Halle.

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Authorities are now examining the cause of the explosion and assessing the damage it may have caused. It has stored mineral waste since the reconstruction, which had lasted 15 years.

Since the beginning of 2008, the Teutschenthal mine has been a subsidiary of the Geiger Group.

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Firefighters arrive at the scene after an explosion at the Teutschenthal mine near Halle, Germany, November 8, 2019.

Two injured in Germany mine explosion