[Marxism] Pike River mining disaster
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by *Philip Ferguson*
November 19 and 24 mark the second anniversary of the explosions at Pike
River mine on the West Coast which left 16 miners and 13 contractors dead.
A rescue crew sent in had to be withdrawn as the second explosion occurred,
sending explosive gases, soot and smoke into a shaft they were working in.
Two further explosions took place, on November 26 and 28. The latter
explosion set coal in the mine on fire, making further attempts to recover
the bodies hazardous.
The Pike River disaster was the worst mining tragedy since 1914, when 43
miners died in Huntly. Since 1967, 51 lives have been lost in NZ mines.
Pike River was also an avoidable
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