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Chinese Coal Mine Fire Follows Earthquake, Killing Dozens

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Rescuers carry the body of a victim from Hengda coal mine, a subsidiary of Fuxin Coal Corporation, in Fuxin, northeast China's Liaoning Province. (Li Gang/Xinhua/Landov)  

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 10:22 AM

At least two dozen workers have been killed and 52 injured in a coal mine fire that followed a shallow 1.6 magnitude earthquake in China's northern Liaoning province.

The coal mine, a subsidiary of state-owned Fuxin Coal Corporation, caught fire early on Wednesday following the earthquake in the area at midnight, Xinhua reported, citing a company statement.

China's mines are the deadliest in the world because of lax enforcement of safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy, according to Reuters. Sixteen workers were killed in a coal mine accident in the western region of Xinjiang last month.

Government statistics show China recorded 589 mining-related accidents last year, leaving 1,049 people dead or missing. But both the number of accidents and fatalities have fallen more than 24 per cent from 2012.

In an effort to eliminate outdated capacity and improve work safety, China plans to shut down over 2,000 small-scale coal mines by 2015.

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At least two dozen workers have been killed and 52 injured in a coal mine fire that followed a shallow 1.6 magnitude earthquake in China's northern Liaoning province.
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