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List of fatal mine disasters in recent years

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Photo - Miners and family members wait outside a coal mine following an explosion in Soma, western Turkey, early Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at the coal mine in western Turkey killed over 200 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Miners and family members wait outside a coal mine following an explosion in Soma, western Turkey, early Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at the coal mine in western Turkey killed over 200 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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A list of some recent fatal mine disasters around the world:

— 2013: 83 workers are buried by a massive landslide at a gold mining site in a mountainous area of Tibet, east of Lhasa, according to Chinese state media.

— 2012: At least 60 people dead after a landslide at a gold mine in a remote corner of northeast Congo.

— 2011: Fifty-two people are feared dead in southwestern Pakistan after a gas explosion deep in a coal mine in Sorange, near Quetta.

— 2010: 29 men are killed in New Zealand's worst mining disaster in decades after a huge gas-fueled explosion deep underground ends hopes of rescuing the South Island coal miners, who were caught in a similar blast five days earlier.

— 2010: 33 miners are rescued after being trapped for 69 days in a gold and copper mine in Chile's northern Atacama desert.

— 2010: 29 miners are killed in an explosion at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine.

— 2007: At least 90 are killed in post-Soviet Ukraine's worst mining disaster, after a methane blast rips through tunnels deep below ground in a coal mine near the eastern city of Donetsk.

— 2007: Six miners, three rescuers are killed in collapses at the Crandall Canyon coal mine in Emery County, Utah.

— 2006: 65 coal miners are killed from a gas explosion in San Juan de Sabinas, in northern Mexico's Coahuila state.

— 2006: 12 killed in a methane explosion at the Sago coal mine in West Virginia.

— 2005: 214 miners die after an explosion deep in a coal shaft in southwestern China.

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Compiled by news researcher Rhonda Shafner and AP writer Ron DePasquale in New York.

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