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US coal mine disaster claims 25 lives

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US coal mine disaster claims 25 lives


The number of workers killed in a US coal mine disaster has risen to 25.

Four miners are still missing after an explosion tore through the mine in West Virginia.

But rescuers say there is little hope the men survived the blast.

The mine in Montcoal, also known as Whitesville, is owned by Massey Energy.

Authorities say rescue teams were forced to pull back from the search area because of a continuing threat of methane gas underground.

West Virginia was the scene of the worst coal mine disaster in US history in 1906, when 362 miners died in a blast.

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