Mining Disasters

On this date in 1918 a firedamp explosion at the Minnie Pit Mine at Halmer End, near Newcastle-under-Lyme, killed 155 miners and one rescuer, 44 were under age 16. It was England’s worst wartime mining disaster.

The 14 October 1913 explosion at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, near Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Wales, that killed 439 miners and a rescuer is the worst mining accident in the United Kingdom.

The Coalmining History Resource Centre, “the UK’s largest and most comprehensive website concerning the history of coal mining”, includes a searchable database of over 164,000 recorded accidents and deaths.

Over 1,500 were killed, in what is believed to be the worst mining disaster in history, on April 26, 1942, at the Benxihu (Honkeiko) coal mine in Liaoning Province, China.


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