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
1,100 died in a coal dust explosion.
November 9, 1963
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
June 6, 1972
A coal mine explosion kills 427.
May 28, 1965
375 miners die in a coal mine fire.
December 27, 1975
A coal mine explosion, followed by flooding kills 372.
December 12, 1866
Barnsley, England, UK
December 6, 1907
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.