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Top Ten Mine Disasters of the World

World Map illustrates location of top ten Mine Disasters around the World as measured by Casualties. The major disaster are Honkeiko Colliery mine in Benxi, China On April 26, 1942, a gas and coal-dust explosion in the mine killed 1549 and Courrières mine disaster, the worst mining accident in European history, killed 1099 miners in Northern France.



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Description: World Map showing location of top ten Mine Disasters in the World as measured by Casualties. Disclaimer


The world has seen many mine disasters caused in the coal and hard rock mining processes. Every year, thousands of miners lose their lives in the mining accidents.

Most of the deaths that occur in these accidents are reported from developing countries, especially China.

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.

Top Ten Mine Disasters of the World
Mine NameLocationDateCasualty
Honkeiko MineBenxi, ChinaApril 26, 19421549
Courrières Mine DisasterCourrieres, FranceMarch 10, 19061099
Mitsubishi HojyoKyūshū, JapanDecember 15, 1914687
Laobaidong MineDatong, ChinaMay 9, 1960684
Mitsui MiikeOmuta, JapanNovember 9, 1963447
SenghenyddSenghenydd, UKOctober 14, 1913438
CoalbrookCoalbrook, South AfricaJanuary 21,1960437
WankieWankie, ZimbabweJune 6, 1972427
New YubariYubari, JapanNovember 28, 1914422
Zeche Monopol Schacht GrimbergBergkamen, GermanyFebruary 20, 1946405


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