Fourth anniversary of the Pike River Mine tragedy in NZ…

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Pike River Coal Pike River Coal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Human Interest:

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    It is the fourth anniversary of the Pike River mine tragedy on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island on November 19 2010. Just last week the families of the 29 men lost in the mine were told the grim and sad news that the state owned company that owns the mine had decided it was too dangerous to re-enter the drift (tunnel to the mine workings) and attempt to recover the remains there. There are conflicting opinions about the actual tragedy. The men were trapped after the first of four explosions over a number of days. Some say rescuers could have entered after the first explosion on the first day. But most accept the men would have been killed by the explosion or the poisonous gas in the mine. Others say it…

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