Roger L. Simon

Too much too soon in China?

Ecologically-related catastrophes in Harbin, then Chongqing, now a mine blast in the northeast, killing 68 – all within days.

An explosion at a state-run coal mine in China’s remote northeast killed 68 workers and left another 79 trapped underground, the government said on Monday, as frantic rescue efforts were underway for survivors.

A total of 221 miners were underground when the cave-in occurred about 21:40 on Sunday at the Dongfeng coal mine, near Qitaihe city in Heilongjiang province, not far from the Russian border with Siberia.