The worst mining disasters since 1990

2014-05-14 12:25

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Paris - Here is a round-up of mining accidents that have killed more than 100 people since 1990, following the disaster in Soma, Turkey, that has left at least 205 people dead.

It is the worst Turkish mining disaster since 1992.

- 29 April 2013: SUDAN - 109 die, including nine rescue workers, when an illegal gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, in the western Darfur region.

- 21 November 2009: CHINA - An explosion in a coal mine in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang kills 108 workers.

- 6 December 2007: CHINA - An explosion kills 105 in a mine in the northern Shaanxi province.

- 18 November 2007: UKRAINE - An explosion in a coal mine near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, kills 101 people, that country's worst such disaster.

- 17 August 2007: CHINA - A coal mine is flooded in the eastern province of Shandong, near the city of Xintai. A total of 181 miners are killed.

- 19 March 2007: RUSSIA - 108 people die in a mine explosion in the Siberian region of Kemerovo.

- 7 December 2005: CHINA - A coal mine in Liuguantun, in the northern province of Hebei is the site of another explosion that leaves 118 dead or missing.

- 27 November 2005: CHINA - A total of 171 miners are killed in an explosion in a mine in Heilongjiang.

- 7 August 2005: CHINA - A mine in the southern province of Guangdong is flooded, killing 123.

- 14 February 2005: CHINA - A total of 213 miners perish after an explosion in a mine in the north-eastern Liaoning province.

- 28 November 2004: CHINA - A gas explosion at a coal mine in Shaanxi kills 166.

- 20 October 2004: CHINA - An explosion leaves 148 dead in a coal mine in the Henan province.

- 20 June 2002: CHINA - 124 people die as the result of an explosion in a coal mine in Heilongjiang.

- 28 September 2000: CHINA - The Muzhonggou coal mine in southern Guizhou province is hit by massive gas explosion, killing 162 workers.

- 5 March 2000: SIERRA LEONE - Around 150 diamond miners are killed by a cave-in in the eastern Kono region.

- 19 July 1997: TANZANIA - More than 100 miners are buried alive when the roof of a gold mine collapses in the north-western Kagera region.

- 27 November 1996: CHINA - At least 144 are killed by an explosion near the northern city of Datong.

- 29 August 1994: PHILIPPINES - A coal mine explosion kills 119 near the southern city of Malangas.

- 4 March 1992: TURKEY - A mine explosion kills 263 people near Zonguldak, in northern Turkey.

- 21 April 1991: CHINA - A gas explosion in Shaanxi kills 147 people.

- 25 August 1990: BOSNIA - A gas explosion in Dobrnja-Kreka kills 180 workers.

Among the worst mining disasters of all time are one in Courrieres, northern France in 1906 that killed 1 176 people, and one in Honkeiko, or Benxihu, Manchuria in 1942 that killed 1 549.
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