Coverage of the Pike River mine explosion

On Friday evening, the Pike River mine outside the South Island town of Greymouth experienced an explosion which trapped 29 miners below the surface.

The explosion looks to have been due to a methane gas buildup, making rescue attempts difficult, both for fear of setting off a second explosion, and due to potentially high levels of toxic carbon monoxide.

Professor Bruce Hebblewhite, head of the School of Mining Engineering at the University of New South Wales, has been explaining the dangers inherent in an attempts to rescue the men.

Media coverage:

NZ Herald: Mine expert: No urgent rush to reach miners

Sydney Morning Herald: NZ mine rescue ‘high risk’: expert

Sunday Star Times: Fear of more blasts keep rescuers on surface

The Telegraph: New Zealand mine explosion: ready to go in, but hampered by fear of the unknown

Sydney Morning Herald: Safety standards should have guarded against accident, says engineer

The Independent: Deep in a mine, the phone rings unanswered

Stuff: Geologist warned of danger of explosion three years ago

Morning Report: Mining expert urges rescue caution

ABC Sydney: Drilling starts to reach trapped miners

RadioLive: ???Pike River rescuers right to be careful – expert

RadioLive: ‘Limbo’ getting harder to cope with – mayor