UPDATE 1-Around 35 trapped in east German potash mine - website

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BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Around 35 mine staff were trapped about 700 metres below ground, two of them injured, after an unexplained blast in a potash mine in eastern Germany, the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung news website reported, citing a spokesman with the state mining authority.

The local broadcaster MDR reported that a rescue operation had begun.

The staff were located in a safe sector of the mine in Teutschenthal, about 150 km (95 miles) southwest of Berlin, and were being supplied with oxygen.

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The mining authority said one of the injured was in a serious condition, the other only lightly injured, and that there was a possibility that they could be brought to the surface through a shaft that was intact.

The mine is no longer active but is being used to deposit mining waste from elsewhere, the website said. (Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Writing by Kevin Liffey; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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