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The Worst US Mining Disasters

The Top US Mining Disasters
As Measured By Casualties

The Top Ten US Mining Disasters

Coal mining is a dangerous, but vital business. Roof collapses, gas and dust explosions and the heavy equipment are just some of the dangers faced by these brave men.

December 6, 1907
Monongah, West Virginia

361 casualties. The worst mining disaster in US history occurred when shafts 6 and 8 of a Consolidated Coal Company mine exploded. The explosion, which was apparently caused by methane gas, disabled the ventilation system causing the buildup of deadly gases.

October 22, 1913
Dawson, NM

This coal mine explosion killed 263.

November 13, 1909
Cherry, Illinois

A bale of hay accidentally ignites, setting the coal mine on fire. The death toll for miners and would-be rescuers reached 259.

December 10, 1907
Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania

In the same year as the Monongah mine disaster, 239 miners were killed in a separate disaster in Pennsylvania.

May 1, 1900
Scofield, Utah

When a cache of blasting powder in a copper mine accidentally ignited, 200 were killed.

May 19, 1928
Mather, Pennsylvania

An explosion in the No. 1 coal mine killed 195.

May 19, 1902
Coal Creek, Tennessee

A methane gas buildup caused an explosion that killed 184.

April 28, 1914
Eccles, WV

An explosion at the No. 5 mine killed 181.

January 25, 1904
Springdale Township, Pennsylvania

When the Harwick mine explodes, 179 are killed.

March 8, 1924
Castle Gate, Utah

Inadequate watering of coal dust was blamed for an explosion that killed 172.

Originally posted 2015-01-05 02:34:26.

The Ten Worst Worldwide Mining Disasters

The Ten Worst Worldwide Mining Disasters
As Measured By Casualties

By far the worst mining safety record belongs to China. Even today, hundreds (if not thousands—the secretive Chinese government does not reveal figures) die every year in Chinese mining accidents.

April 26, 1942
Honkeiko Colliery, China

In what is probably the worst mining disaster of all time, 1,549 miners died in a mine operated in Japanese occupied Manchuria. China has a horrible history of mine safety. The Japanese also likely are culpable in this accident: the Chinese were treated as sub-human slave labor by Japanese.

March 10, 1906
Courrieres, France

1,100 died in a coal dust explosion.

November 9, 1963
Omuta, Japan

An explosion in a coal mine killed 447.

October 14, 1913
Senghenydd, Wales, Uk

The worst of the Welsh coal mining diasters killed 438 men and boys

January 1, 1960
Coalbrook, South Africa

437 casualties.

June 6, 1972
Wankie, Rhodesia

A coal mine explosion kills 427.

May 28, 1965
Dhanbad, India

375 miners die in a coal mine fire.

December 27, 1975
Chasnala, India

A coal mine explosion, followed by flooding kills 372.

December 12, 1866
Barnsley, England, UK

361 casualties.

December 6, 1907
Monongah, WV

361 casualties. The worst mining disaster in US history is said to have provided the origins of the first Father’s Day celebration. A woman named Grace Clayton asked her church to hold a Sunday memorial for the fathers lost in the mine. The commemoration was held in a church in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Originally posted 2015-01-05 02:32:43.

Worst Football Disasters

Worst Soccer/ Football Riots and Disasters

El Salvador and Honduras
July 14 – 18, 1969
3,000 Casualties
Known as the Football, or 100 hours war, this conflict was fought in the wake of rioting following the second round of qualifying for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Honduras and El Salvador had previous border issues, but the matches were the proximate cause. Honduras suffered 2,100 military and civilian casualties, while El Salvador lost some 900.
Moscow, Russia
Oct. 20, 1982
340 Killed
Confusion caused by fans reentering the stadium and possible police misconduct lead to terrible losses.
Lima, Peru
May 24, 1964
318 Killed, 500 inujured
Sparked by a referee disallowing a goal by Peru in an Olympic Qualifying match
Sheffield, England
April 15, 1989
96 deaths
Fans are crushed to death when police open the gates and fans rush into the stadium
Guatemala City
October 16, 1996
78 killed, 180 injured.
Casualties occurred during a stampede before a World Cup qualifying match.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 23, 1968
74 killed, 150 injured
A blocked exit led to fans being crushed
Salvador, Brazil
March 4, 1971
4 dead, 1500 injured
A fight in the grandstands lead to 4 four deaths and 1,500 injuries

Cairo, Egypt
Feb. 1, 2012
at least 73 casualties
The deaths were the result of a riot following a match.

Glasgow, Scotland
Jan. 2, 1971
66 casualties, 140 injuries
Barriers in the stadium collapse when fans returning to a game collide with fans trying to exit.

Bradford, England
Mary 11, 1985
56 deaths
A wayward cigarette lights up a wooden grandstand.

Originally posted 2015-01-05 01:47:06.