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How dangerous is mining?

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This week has seen the miraculous rescue of more than 100 workers trapped in a mine in China and the death of at least 25 miners after an explosion in West Virginia. So how dangerous a job is mining?

World News America talks to Mark Nowak, author of "Coal Mountain Elementary".

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