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The part in the video where the Mayor says that  people are going in to get the bodies is NOT true.  They can't go in because its still far too dangerous.

A second explosion has occurred in the Mine near Greymouth.
All miners are presumed to be dead now after  this latest massive explosion.

I am heartsick....

The Minister of Energy was seen crying and didn't want to talk.

My hometown is hearbroke.

A second explosion has occurred in the Pike River coal mine where 29 miners are trapped on the West Coast.

Distraught family members left a scheduled briefing a short time ago, only about 10 minutes after it had started and many in tears.

Lawrie Drew, the father of trapped miner Zen Drew, said officials had told the families that there had been a second explosion.

Investigation head Superintendent Gary Knowles said the large explosion happened about 2.37pm and they were not expecting anyone to get out alive.

They were now going into recovery mode. It was one of the most horrific things he has had to deal with as a policeman.

"We had to break the news to the family and they are extremely distraught.

"I was at the mine myself when the explosion occurred. The blast was horrific. Just as severe as the first blast - and we are now moving into a recovery mode."




My hometown of Greymouth


Thank you all so so much for all your kind words.
Thank you.
If I could hug you all I would.

Originally posted to GlowNZ on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 07:59 PM PST.

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