Top 10 Mining Missions Gone Wrong

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Mining is a job that entails risky labour. Many workers put their lives on the line to make money. There have been some success stories and there have been a number of tragedies. This article examines mining missions gone wrong from both perspectives (success and tragedies).


1. The Oaks explosion:

The explosion occurred in South Yorkshire in 1866. The explosion killed more than 380 workers and rescuers. This is the worst colliery accident in English history and the second worst mining accident in United Kingdom.


2. Monongah Mine disaster:

This was the worst mining disaster in American history and occurred in 1907. It killed 362 people, including children. The explosion occurred with the ignition of methane gas.


3. Liaoning Coal Mine Blast:

203 miners were killed in this blast in China`s province of Liaoning in 2005. The blast occurred 243 meters below ground. In 2004, China reported 6027 deaths from mining blasts and accidents.


4. Chilean Mining Accident:

The accident occurred on August 5, 2010 when a 121 year old San Jose copper and gold mine caved-in. The exact location of the mine was within the Atacama desert, which is one of driest and severest regions. 33 miners were trapped and were not rescued until October 13, 2010; 69 days later.


5. Ulyanovskaya Mine disaster:

This disaster occurred in Russia in 2007. It was caused by a methane explosion and killed 108 people in the blast. This was one of Russia`s most deadliest disasters.


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