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Pasta de Conchos Mine Disaster

Pasta de Conchos Mine Disaster

The Pasta de Conchos mine disaster occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. CST on February 19, 2006, after a gas pipeline exploded near the opening of a coal mine near Nueva Rosita, San Juan de Sabinas municipality, in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The mines were run by Grupo México, the largest mining company in the country. It is estimated that 65 miners, who were working the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift that morning, were trapped underground by the explosion.
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On February 23, 2006 Grupo México advanced to a part of the mine shaft where they believed two of the 65 workers were trapped. However, they found nobody, leading them to believe the force of the explosion knocked them through the mine shaft deeper than they had anticipated. The next day, Grupo México advanced approximately halfway into the 1.75-mile long mine, where an additional twenty-four miners were expected to have been found. Again, nobody was found, and Grupo México hypothesized that either the miners were buried under debris or the miners were located in a deeper part of the mine. On the evening of February 24, Grupo México announced that search efforts were to be suspended for two or three days, due to the search teams advancing to a portion of the mine which leaked out high levels of natural gas. On the afternoon of February 25 the CEO of Grupo México confirmed during a press conference that "there was no possibility of survival after the methane explosion" based on a scientific report.

Mexican Asteroids

asteroids in bold on the 827 List

 • #6349-ACAPULCO
 • #10799-YUCATÁN
 • #10806-MEXICO
 • #944-HIDALGO
 • #5095-ESCALANTE
 • #9680-MOLINA
 • #1920-SARMIENTO

{Mine officials: No chance of survivors}

{Mexico mine vigil ends after 65 men declared dead note: "No bodies have yet been found because rockfalls blocked the tunnels and some men were 1.5 miles (2.5 km) underground."}


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