Worst Mining Disasters In Human History

Himanshi singh       Nov 12, 2022

# Chasnala Coal Mine, Dhanbad, India, December 1975 (372 Deaths)

          On the 27th of December, 1975, the Chasnala colliery in Dhanbad was where an explosion inside a mine caused the water tank above it to flood its shafts, and in the process kill around 372 miners 

# Wankie Coal Mine, Hwange, Zimbabwe, June 1972 (426 Deaths)

          On the 6th of June, 1972, a dynamite blast was suspected to have fueled this disaster, which caused the death of 426 miners 

# Coalbrook Colliery, Clydesdale, South Africa, January 1960 (435 Deaths)

          On the 21st of January, 1960, tragedy struck the Coalbrook colliery in Clydesdale, South Africa. On that day, around 900 underground pillars throughout the coal mine became loose and fell apart 

#  Senghenydd Colliery, Caerphilly, Wales, UK, October 14, 1913 (440 Deaths)

          On the 14th of October, 1913, 440 miners died when a coal dust explosion rocked the Welsh Senghenydd mine. The Universal Colliery at Wales was the place where this accident occurred 

#  Mitsui Miike Coal Mine, Fukuoka, Japan, November 1963 (458 Deaths)

          Another serious coal mine disaster that struck Japan was at the Mitsui Miike Coal mine in Fukuoka. A coal dust explosion ocurred underground, and led to a series of massive explosions that crumbled 

# Hawks Nest Tunnel Silica Mine, West Virginia, USA, 1931 (476 Deaths)

          During the construction of the Hawks Nest Tunnel, the construction workers were asked to mine the silica deposits from the tunnel, and in the process using practically no safety measures.  

#  Sumitomo Besshi Bronze Mine, Shikoku, Japan, 1899 (512 Deaths)

          In 1899, around 512 people died due to a debris flow at the Sumitomo Besshi bronze mine, in Shikoku, Japan. The tragedy occurred due to a landslide, which was quite common in mining areas of those days, when erosion control and ensuring structural 

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