At least 25 miners have been killed and 194 others are believed to be trapped underground, after a gas explosion at a coal mine in northeastern China.
Chinese state media reports another 19 miners have been injured in the blast in Fuxin city.
Mining accidents and fatalities are an almost daily occurrence in China.
China’s coal industry is the most dangerous in the world, with more than 6,000 workers dying in mining accidents last year.
The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, ordered better work safety conditions during a visit last month to a coal mine where 166 miners died in November.