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China mine blast death toll hits 92

Chinese rescuers prepare to enter the mine where the accident occurred.
Chinese rescuers prepare to enter the mine where the accident occurred.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 92 dead in China coal mine blast, Chinese state media reports
  • 16 are still trapped underground at the mine in northeastern China
  • About 530 miners were working when the blast occurred

Beijing, China (CNN) -- The death toll from an explosion at a northeastern China coal mine rose to 92 early Sunday, state-run media reported.

Another 16 workers were still trapped underground at the mine as of 7 a.m. Sunday (2300 GMT), the Xinhua news agency reported.

About 530 miners were working when the blast occurred at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The Heilongjiang Longmei's Xinxing mine is operated by the Hegang company.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the cause was a gas explosion, Xinhua reported.