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CHINA: 'Rock burst' kills 4 miners
A sudden explosion of rock in a coal mine after a small earthquake in central China killed four miners and trapped 57 others, Xinhua News Agency reported Friday. The accident in the mine in the city of Sanmenxia in Henan province occurred Thursday evening when 75 miners were working in the shaft. Fourteen escaped. Xinhua said the explosion happened 30 minutes after a magnitude-2.9 tremor struck to the east of Sanmenxia. The phenomenon known as a "rock burst" occurs when settling layers of earth bear down on the walls of a mine, causing a sudden release of stored energy. Exploding pillars can turn rock or coal into deadly missiles. Shock waves alone can be deadly.
THAILAND: Disease in wake of floods
Samroeng Verravanich wades through rancid brown water in one of Bangkok's many flooded streets. The garbageman plunges a gloved hand into the filth, fishes out a slimy plastic bag and slings it into the red basket he's towing. "If you have cuts, it can create infections between your fingers," he says, holding out a dripping hand peppered with a red rash. "My hands got infected. It hurts and it spreads too -- like a virus." As the floods continue to creep into Bangkok, canals have become floating landfills. Raw sewage and animal carcasses can be seen, ripe for disease.