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BEIJING -- China"s advanced coal production capacity has been expanded by a total of 490 million tons per year since September, the National Mine Safety Administration told a press conference on Friday. The administration said 147 coal mines have attained the necessary qualifications for advanced production capacity since the beginning of this year. According to the administration, China saw 190 mining accidents in the January-July period, down 14 percent year-on-year. The administration said it will continue to promote the release of advanced coal production capacity on the premise of ensuring safety, and strengthen supervision over coal mine safety.

On March 11, 2011, Japan recorded its biggest earthquake ever. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the north-eastern coast was followed by a deadly 40-meter tsunami that sent a wall of water crashing through ports and coastal regions, washing away everything in its path and killing more than 20,000 people. As tragic as the earthquake and tsunami was, nothing prepared Japan or the world for the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that was built on the coast and was hit by the tsunami. It triggered a nuclear disaster not seen since the Chernobyl disaster

President Xi Jinping has sent a message to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to express his condolences after a major coal mine accident in Russia's Kemerovo Region in western Siberia. Fifty-two people were killed following a gas explosion in the Listvyazhnaya mine on Thursday. It was the deadliest mine accident in five years in the country. In the message, Xi said he was shocked upon hearing of the accident. On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, and also in his own name, Xi said he deeply mourns those killed in the accident and expressed sympathy to the