Published: Oct 16, 2010 8:06 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 16, 2010 5:06 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) - In a country where 2,600 people died in mining accidents last year, China isn't saying much about an explosion today that killed 21 people and trapped 16 others.

There wasn't a word about it on the evening news on national TV. Rescuers say the trapped miners have been located but their condition is unknown.
      
Rescuers have been facing a number of obstacles. They are contending with tons of coal dust dangerous gases, falling rocks and chunks of coal.
      
Chinese safety officials say 276 workers were in the mine at the time of the explosion and 239 escaped.