Letting the young go back to normal while shielding the elderly would have 'dire consequences' on... A total of 36 people have been killed in a Russian coal mine where a methane gas leak triggered three explosions and sparked a raging fire, officials said, The Severnaya mine in Vorkuta, a town north of the Arctic Circle in the Komi region, partially collapsed after the blasts, Victims included five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed early this morning when the third explosion rocked the mine, The first two explosions struck late on Thursday at a depth of 2,450 ft, killing four miners and trapping 26 others, The pit is located in the city of Vorkuta in the Komi region, which used to host one of the most feared Soviet-era Gulag labour camps, 15:03 28 Feb 2016, updated 16:41 28 Feb 2016, America and Russia's war by proxy in Syria laid bare: The moment a $60k US-made missile hits a $4.5m Russian T-90 battle tank, Middle class Russian 'Lady in Red' nursery teacher who led extraordinary double life as crime matriarch confesses to TEN murders with her dentist husband including shooting their own GODDAUGHTER, 12, in the eye, PICTURED: The two adopted Russian boys and their mother who were killed by her husband in remote Washington home. The explosion at the Severnaya mine took place despite the fact that the company has over the past years invested heavily into safety, Vorkutaugol said.
The pit is located in the city of Vorkuta in the Komi region, which used to host one of the most feared Soviet-era Gulag labour camps. On Thursday, four miners were killed when a methane explosion ripped through the Severnaya mine in Arctic Russia at a depth of 748 metres (2,450 feet).
"This creates serious problems but we are doing our job and moving forward step by step," Puchkov said in remarks released by his ministry on Friday.  As the mine has now been deemed too hazardous for workers to enter, special robots, equipped with cameras, gas sensors, and other metering devices, have been employed to survey the damage and determine when the mine is safe to enter again.
"We are hoping for a favourable outcome, but the clock is ticking.". The head of the Komi republic, where the Vorkuta mine is located, has declared a three-day mourning period in the republic starting from Sunday. , The Vorkuta mine was expected to be closed for several months before normal mining operations could begin, with those workers offered temporary positions at other nearby mines. “The circumstances in the affected part of the mine did not allow anyone to survive,” Russia’s Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said in televised comments after visiting the mine. Efforts were hampered by Vorkuta's remote location within the Arctic Circle, the presence of methane gas within the mine, which workers feared would spark another explosion, and lack of communication with the trapped miners. Two blasts ripped through the Severnaya coal mine on Thursday at a depth of 748 metres (2,450 feet), killing four miners and trapping 26 others. The accident at the mine took place despite the fact that the company has over the past years invested heavily into safety, said Vorkutaugol. 'According to the materials that have been obtained and preliminary information, the accident had natural causes and was a geological event,' said Alexander Goncharenko, who heads the regional branch of the watchdog, Russian news agencies reported. President Vladimir Putin has tasked the government with creating a special commission to investigate the accident. Authorities launched a massive search operation involving hundreds of rescue workers who had been trying to track down the missing miners despite almost zero visibility, smoke, gas-polluted air and rubble. The incident has been described as Russia's worst mining disaster in recent history. The first two explosions struck late on Thursday at a depth of 2,450 ft, killing four miners and trapping 26 others. But the latest explosion forced officials to admit that no-one could have survived. , On 25 February 2016, two explosions occurred within the mine, setting off a partial collapse of the mine and killing four miners while trapping twenty-six; eighty-one other miners were evacuated safely with minor injuries. Vorkutaugol is operated by Severstal, the Russian steelmaker controlled by billionaire Alexey Mordashov.  The Severnaya ("Northern") mine near Vorkuta is operated by Vorkutaugol, a subsidiary of Severstal. In a sign of the seriousness of the situation, Russian President Vladimir Putin tasked the government with creating a special commission over the accident, the latest tragedy to hit the country's accident-prone industry. The accident occurred at the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta on February 25. Both the company and the authorities had until now refused to declare the missing dead even though rescuers appear to have failed to make contact with them over the past few days. A methane explosion was responsible for yesterday's accident at the Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, the press office of the mine's owner, Vorkutaugol, said. The Severnaya mine is located in the city of Vorkuta in the Komi region, which used to host one of the major Soviet-era GULAG labour camps. A Kentucky coal miner died in an accident at a surface mine in Bell County Friday. A total of 110 people were on duty in the Severnaya coal mine at the time of the accident on Thursday at the depth of 748 metres (2,450 feet). A Severstal spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that six people had died in Sunday’s blast and that five of them were rescue workers. Federal officials later confirmed that none of the trapped miners had survived. Ms Tatyana Bushkova, a spokesman for the mine's operator Vorkutaugol, told AFP in an e-mailed statement on Sunday that "according to the expert technical council, 26 (missing) people who were in the mine had no chances of surviving".  Based on the proximity of the explosion to where the trapped miners were located, the trajectory of the flames, and the high concentration of carbon monoxide in the mine's air, Russia's Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov believed the trapped miners were also killed in the explosion. In 2007, 110 people died at the Ulyanovskaya mine, also in Kemerovo, the country's worst mining accident since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Poor safety standards were blamed for an explosion at the Ulyanovskaya coal mine in the southern Siberian region of Kemerovo in March 2007. Severnaya Russia On Thursday, four miners were killed when a methane explosion ripped through the Severnaya mine in Arctic Russia at a depth of 748 metres. 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The Investigative Committee has opened a criminal probe into any violation of safety rules and dispatched investigators and forensic experts to the scene.
 Russia's President Vladimir Putin plans to discuss measures to improve the safety of the Vorkuta mine and other mines across the country with Alexei Aleshin, the head of Rostekhnadzor which oversees industrial safety in the country. The episode is the latest in a long line of accidents in Russia’s coal mining industry and is likely to raise fresh questions about how strictly safety rules are being followed. Seventy-seven people were in the mine during the rescue operation when the latest explosion hit, the emergencies ministry said. 26 miners were still trapped underground. Between 25 and 29 February 2016, a series of explosions caused the deaths of 36 people, including 31 miners and five rescue workers, in a coal mine near the city of Vorkuta, Komi Republic, Russia.  At least three additional explosions have occurred in the mine between 28 February and 1 March following cessation of rescue efforts, with no reported injuries.
"According to preliminary information, the unforseen emergency at the Severnaya mine was caused by a sharp outburst and explosion of methane at the production unit," said a statement from Vorkutaugol, which is operated by Severstal, the Russian steelmaker controlled by billionaire Alexey Mordashov. The Hopkins County Coroner has identified the … The total death toll from the accident now stands at 36 people. A train drives through a tunnel at the Severnaya coal mine in Russia's icy north.
A surface haulage accident occurred at 3:30 PM.