Update: This story is from a hoax site.
A Chinese miner has been found alive 17 years after an earthquake killed 78 others.
According to World News Daily, coal miners from Xinjiang province of western China worked themselves into an old section of mine abandoned 17 years ago after an earthquake. They found Cheung Wai, now 59, who had managed to survive since 1997 on rice and water rations. He was taken immediately to a local hospital.
Trapped in darkness with only rice, water, and moss, not knowing how long he would live and certainly doubting whether he would ever be found, this incredible survivor gave proper burials to the 78 who perished.
The poor man had remained trapped underground with the bodies of 78 of his dead coworkers, after an earthquake of a magnitude of 7,8 hit the region and caused the wooden support structure of the mine to crumble and collapse. Somehow lucky in his misfortune, Mr. Cheung was saved by the fact that some ventilation duct still connected his underground prison to the surface, allowing him access to air that was sufficiently pure to keep him alive.
He managed to survive thanks to an emergency stash of rice and water, stored in an underground depot, conceived especially for this kind of case. The man complemented his diet by catching and eating the countless rats that pullulate in the mine, as well as collecting large quantities of some sort of phosphorescent moss, which constituted his only source of vitamins. Even though he was suffering from great physical and mental stress, he managed to give proper burials to all of his comrades, spending almost a year in this great selfless act.
This is the longest recorded survival underground.