The Pike River Mine disaster was a coal mining accident that began on 19 November 2010 in the Pike River Mine, 46 kilometres (29 mi) northeast of Greymouth, in the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. A first explosion occurred in the mine at approximately 3:30 pm (NZDT, UTC+13). At the time of the explosion 31 miners were present in the mine. Two miners managed to walk from the mine; they were treated for moderate injuries and released from hospital later that day. The remaining miners were believed to be at least 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) from the mine's entrance.
Following a second explosion on 24 November at 2:37 pm, the 29 remaining miners are believed to be dead. Police Superintendent Gary Knowles, the man in charge of the rescue operation, said he believed that "based on that explosion, no one survived". It is New Zealand's worst mining disaster in 96 years, and the nation's worst loss of life as the result of a single event since the 1979 crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901.
I decided to copy the above text from a news site as I am very aware of how much sadness could be caused by the wrong information being shared.
The West Coast has a reputation of having a family that stretches its entire length and when some thing like this happens everyone is affected. At the time of the news of the second explosion I was at the hair dressers (yep, a new look, but I’ll share that another time), the young lass washing my hair shed more than one tear and the rest of the staff and customers suddenly became very, very quiet. I knew I was witnessing something that I would remember for life and the event that caused it. My heart goes out to all the families and to those that worked towards trying to get a better outcome.
Go and hug someone you love today.