7 dead in mine explosion

An explosion killed 7 people at a mine in West Virginia on Monday, 19 people are still missing.

This is the second major disaster that the Massey Energy Company has experienced in as many years. In 2009 they received around $900,000 in fines for over 500 safety violations, according to USA Today.

The blast occurred at the Upper Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, according to USA Today.

"Our top priority is the safety of our miners and the well-being of their families," the Massey Energy Company's chairman, Don Blankenship said, according to The New York Times.

At least one miner was evacuated from the blast site, Michael Mayhorn, emergency dispatcher for neighboring Boone County, said, according to The New York Times.

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