• Short Summary

    TWO DISASTERS HIT JAPAN AT THE WEEKEND.

    IN A MINE ACCIDENT AT OMUTA CITY IN WESTERN?

  • Description

    TWO DISASTERS HIT JAPAN AT THE WEEKEND.

    IN A MINE ACCIDENT AT OMUTA CITY IN WESTERN KYUSHU ON SATURDAY 477 MINERS WERE KILLED; ON THE SAME DAY THREE TRAINS CRASHED NEAR YOKOHAMA FILLING A FURTHER 162 PEOPLE.

    THE MINE DISASTER FOLLOWED A BLAST WHICH RIPPED THROUGH THE MIKAWA COAL MINE. MORE THAN 1,300 MINERS WERE UNDERGROUND AT THE TIME AND TODAY (MONDAY) EIGHT OF THEM WERE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR. MORE THAN 200 MINERS WERE INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT.

    RESCUE ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN HAMPERED BY DEADLY CARBON MONOXIDE GAS SEEPING THROUGH THE WORKINGS. THE MINE OWNERS ARE TO BE LENT ABOUT GBP1 MILLION TO HELP PAY COMPENSATION AND JAPAN'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. IKEDA, HAS ORDERED AN IMMEDIATE ENQUIRY.

    SIX HOURS AFTER THE MINE EXPLOSION CAME THE RAIL TRAGEDY. TWO EXPRESSES COMING FROM OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS SLICED THROUGH A DERAILED FREIGHT TRAIN SPRAWLED ACROSS ONE LINE OF THE WORLD'S BUSIEST RAIL COMPLEX -- BETWEEN TOKYO AND YOKOHAMA.

    "IT WAS LIKE THE EARTH BEING TORN OPEN," SAID ONE SURVIVOR. JAPAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS PRESIDENT REISUKE ISHIDA HURRIED TO THE SCENE. MOURNERS SHOUTED AT HIM, AS HE MOVED SILENTLY THROUGH THE ROWS OF COFFINS, DEMANDING AN EXPLANATION, ALTHOUGH THE CAUSE IS NOT KNOWN, HE SAID "THE WHOLE RESPONSIBILITY RESTS ON ME."
    THE COMBINED DEATH TOLL MADE THIS BLACK SATURDAY ONE OF THE WORST DAYS FOR JAPAN SINCE THE WORLD WAR II BOMBING RAIDS. MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE POURED IN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7N6ANOZRD250A17VL4X1M0IT4
    Media URN:
    VLVA7N6ANOZRD250A17VL4X1M0IT4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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