274 Die in Turkey Mine Explosion

    An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa May 14, 2014. Rescuers pulled more dead and injured from the coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday more than 12 hours after an explosion, bringing the death toll to 201 in the nation's worst mining disaster for decades. Hundreds more were still believed to be trapped in the mine in Soma, around 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir. The explosion, which triggered a fire, occurred shortly after 3 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday. REUTERS/Yasin Akgul/Depo Photos (TURKEY - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3P1Z0


    A coal mine explosion in western Turkey on Tuesday has left at least 274 people dead so far, making it the country's worst ever mining disaster. According to the country’s energy minister, 787 people were inside the mine at Soma in Manisa province when the blast took place. The minister believes it was the result of an electrical problem. Only 360 people, including the dead, have been accounted for. While rescuers have been working through the night, hopes for more survivors are fading fast. Turkey has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the disaster.

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