8 dead, 36 missing in Russian apartment block explosion

At least eight people are dead and dozens missing after a suspected gas explosion ripped through an apartmen...

Posted: Jan 1, 2019 11:04 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2019 11:04 PM

At least eight people are dead and dozens missing after a suspected gas explosion ripped through an apartment building in southern Russia on Monday.

Russia's emergencies ministry told Tass news agency that four people people had been pulled alive from the partially collapsed block in Magnitogorsk, an industrial city in Russia's Chelyabinsk region near the border with Kazakhstan.

Accidents

Accidents, disasters and safety

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Continents and regions

Eastern Europe

Energy and utilities

Europe

Explosions

Gas leaks

Oil and gas industry

Russia

Thirty-six residents were still missing from the high-rise, home to some 120 people, the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the scene of the deadly blast on Monday afternoon, as search-and-rescue efforts for people still trapped inside continued, state news channel Rossiya 24 reported. Over 400 emergency workers were sifting through the rubble.

The local branch of Russia's Federal Security Service said the blast was believed to have been caused by a gas explosion.

Gas blasts have become a relatively common occurrence in Russia over recent years as the country struggles to cope with aging Soviet-era infrastructure and loose safety requirements, according to Reuters.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30342

Reported Deaths: 521
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah6743129
Marion438789
Washington424158
Umatilla289541
Clackamas222661
Malheur149023
Jackson10213
Lane93314
Deschutes74612
Yamhill72614
Jefferson5058
Polk49315
Morrow4845
Lincoln47013
Linn45413
Union4352
Klamath2692
Benton2516
Hood River2410
Wasco2333
Douglas2003
Josephine1802
Columbia1481
Coos1360
Clatsop1090
Baker902
Crook601
Tillamook480
Lake290
Wallowa281
Curry260
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant80
Gilliam70
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Few Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 66°
Corvallis
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 71°
Roseburg
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 73°
North Bend
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 73°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events