The Worst US Mining Disasters
The Top US Mining Disasters
As Measured By Casualties
The Top Ten US Mining Disasters
Coal mining is a dangerous, but vital business. Roof collapses, gas and dust explosions and the heavy equipment are just some of the dangers faced by these brave men.
December 6, 1907
Monongah, West Virginia
361 casualties. The worst mining disaster in US history occurred when shafts 6 and 8 of a Consolidated Coal Company mine exploded. The explosion, which was apparently caused by methane gas, disabled the ventilation system causing the buildup of deadly gases.
October 22, 1913
This coal mine explosion killed 263.
November 13, 1909
A bale of hay accidentally ignites, setting the coal mine on fire. The death toll for miners and would-be rescuers reached 259.
December 10, 1907
Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania
In the same year as the Monongah mine disaster, 239 miners were killed in a separate disaster in Pennsylvania.
May 1, 1900
When a cache of blasting powder in a copper mine accidentally ignited, 200 were killed.
May 19, 1928
An explosion in the No. 1 coal mine killed 195.
May 19, 1902
Coal Creek, Tennessee
A methane gas buildup caused an explosion that killed 184.
April 28, 1914
An explosion at the No. 5 mine killed 181.
January 25, 1904
Springdale Township, Pennsylvania
When the Harwick mine explodes, 179 are killed.
March 8, 1924
Castle Gate, Utah
Inadequate watering of coal dust was blamed for an explosion that killed 172.