This is Eli Weink reporting about the latest China coal mine explosion. A gas explosion killed five miners and left six still trapped in the Xinjiang Coal Mine on Monday. Forty six miners were working underground when the blast hit. Sixteen of them were working at the coalface but five of them escaped. This is the third explosion of the week in China. The other explosions have been at Inner Mongolia and in Heilongjiang.
Fifty three miners have already been killed this week. China is the world's top producer of coal. They also are the top consumer of coal. Twenty rescuers are trying to find the trapped miners by clearing the shaft to get to the miners. They are also pumping air where the miners are supposed to be.