The Pike River underground coal mine is located high in the rugged Paparoa Range, on the West Coast of the South Island. On 19 November 2010, the mine exploded. Twenty-nine men underground died immediately from the blast, or shortly afterwards because of the toxic atmosphere this generated. Two men who were in the tunnel, some distance from the mine workings, managed to escape.
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'Pike River mine location map', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/pike-river-mine-location-map, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 17-Nov-2015