All 29 NZ Miners Feared Dead

Sad news out of New Zealand: All 29 trapped miners are feared dead, police said, after a second explosion in the mine. The new blast occurred mid-afternoon Wednesday, almost exactly five days after the first blast in the Pike River mine. “Based on that explosion, no one would have survived,” said police superintendent Gary Knowles. “We are now in recovery mode.” Rescuers had not been able to enter the mine due to potentially explosive methane gas that remained in the mine after the initial blast.