Two injured, more trapped underground after explosion at mine in eastern Germany

  • Two injured, more trapped underground after explosion at mine in eastern Germany

Two injured, more trapped underground after explosion at mine in eastern Germany

An explosion at an underground mine in central Germany has injured two workers, while as many as 30 people are trapped underground, The mine in Saxony-Anhalt has a depth of 700 metres.

Today, mineral waste is dumped on 14 square kilometers of land.

Before the rescue, the mining authority had said one of the staff was seriously injured, according to the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung news website.

Rescuers and firefighters battled to bring them back to the surface via a mine shaft that survived the explosion.

The workers who were trapped had taken refuge in a safe sector of the mine, it is believed.

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

All-around 35 individuals at this time had been some 700 meters (2,300 toes) underground proper after the explosion, in protected spots and geared up with oxygen, the goal out mining authority in Saxony-Anhalt defined.

Teutschenthal is located outside the city of Halle, about 150 km (95 miles) southwest of Berlin. Around 100 people are employed at the site.