Mining disasters occur due to leak of poisonous gases such as hydrogen sulfide, dust explosions, flooding, and most of the time due to malfunctioning of mining equipments.
The world map with top ten mine disasters of the world shows the location of top ten mine disasters that rocked different parts of the world. As the map shows, the worst mine disaster occured in Benxi, China on April 26, 1942, when a coal-dust explosion in the mine killed 1,549, 34% of the miners; it is the worst mining disaster till date.
Another major disaster took place in Courrieres, France on March 10, 1906. It is known as the Courrieres mine disaster and is considered the worst mining accident in European history. Over 1099 miners lost their lives in Northern France in the accident.
The other major mine disasters and the number of casualties that occurred are also shown in the map.
|Honkeiko Mine||Benxi, China||April 26, 1942||1549|
|Courrières Mine Disaster||Courrieres, France||March 10, 1906||1099|
|Mitsubishi Hojyo||Kyūshū, Japan||December 15, 1914||687|
|Laobaidong Mine||Datong, China||May 9, 1960||684|
|Mitsui Miike||Omuta, Japan||November 9, 1963||447|
|Senghenydd||Senghenydd, UK||October 14, 1913||438|
|Coalbrook||Coalbrook, South Africa||January 21,1960||437|
|Wankie||Wankie, Zimbabwe||June 6, 1972||427|
|New Yubari||Yubari, Japan||November 28, 1914||422|
|Zeche Monopol Schacht Grimberg||Bergkamen, Germany||February 20, 1946||405|