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A fire at a state-run Chinese coal mine killed 24 miners early on Wednesday, state media reported, the latest fatal incident to hit the accident-prone industry.

The blaze at the mine, run by Hengda Mining Company, in northeastern Liaoning province, also left 52 people injured, Xinhua said, quoting Hengda’s parent company, the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corporation.

Initial investigation showed that coal dust in a shaft was ignited shortly after a weak earthquake with a magnitude of just 1.6 hit the mine, said the report.

Rescue operations had been completed, it added, whille production had been suspended at all of Hengda’s other mines while safety checks were carried out.

The mine went into operation in 1987 and has an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, with a total of 4,660 employees, Xinhua said.

China’s mines are among the world’s deadliest because of lax regulation, corruption and poor operating procedures. Safety is often neglected by bosses seeking easy profits and accidents are common.

Last year, the country recorded 589 mining-related accidents, which left 1,049 people dead or missing, according to the government.

Both the number of accidents and fatalities were down more than 24 per cent from 2012.

However, labour rights groups have said the actual death toll is likely to be much higher than official data, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.

Authorities have sought to shut down small mines, a major source of accidents, in an effort to consolidate the industry.

The government plans to close more than 2,000 small coal mines by the end of next year, Xinhua reported in July.

Fuxin Coal is a large miner owned by the state, where safety measures are meant to be more strictly implemented, but has seen incidents in the past.

In a major accident in February 2005, 214 miners were killed and another 30 injured in a gas explosion at another Fuxin-run mine at Sunjiawan, Liaoning Province. This accident led to the sacking of 33 managers after an inquiry found they had ignored safety and health regulations.s.

Last year, eight workers died in a gas leak at a separate facility.