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Chinese state media: Mine blast kills 74

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  • Rescuers continue to pull victims from mine, one of China's largest coal producers
  • The blast occurred at about 2 a.m. near the provincial capital Taiyuan
  • 436 miners were working underground, according to Xinhua news agency
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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- The death toll from a coal mine blast in northern China climbed Sunday to 74, the state-run media Xinhua News Agency said.

Some 114 miners were hospitalized as a result of the incident, including six miners in critical condition, said Xinhua.

The number of deaths rose as rescue workers continued to pull victims from the shaft of the mine in Shanxi province, where dozens of miners remained trapped.

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The blast occurred at about 2 a.m. Sunday (1 p.m. ET Saturday) near the provincial capital, Taiyuan, Xinhua said.

The mine -- one of China's largest coal producers -- has an annual production capacity of 5 million tons. It is operated by the Shanxi Coking Coal Group, Xinhua said.

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