April 7th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

Mine accidents in the United States

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/04/06/mine.disaster.safety/t1main.big.branch.mine.gi.jpg caption="The explosion at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine killed at least 25 people." width=300 height=169]


An explosion at the Massey Energy Co. mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, killed at least 25 miners. The cause of the explosion had not been determined as rescuers worked Tuesday to bore ventilation holes into the Upper Big Branch Mine. This is a chronological list of notable coal mine accidents in the United States over the last century. The list is not all-inclusive.

* December 6, 1907 - Worst coal mine disaster in U.S. history: 362 miners are killed in an explosion at the Monongah Nos. 6 and 8 Coal Mines in Monongah, West Virginia.

* November 13, 1909 - 259 miners are killed in a fire at the Cherry Mine in Cherry, Illinois.

* October 22, 1913 - An explosion kills 263 at the Stag Canon No. 2 Coal Mine in Dawson, New Mexico

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  1. Yamary

    Big help, big help. And spureltiave news of course.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  2. Darleen Pyatt

    I live in Bolt,W.V. and I know that when attention is withdrawn from this horrific accident, that it will happen again and again..because in non-union mines like Massy the profits outweighs safety for coal minners,who need to provide for families, payoffs and corruptions will remain in place..when you'all pack up and leave...nothing will change...but Thank you for the flash light you focused on oour families and their plight....

    April 8, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  3. joe macdonald

    as a coal miner myself for 11 years ,,i feel the pain of these people and want to know if this mine is equipped with gas moniters on the cutting machine at the wall face, we had them and all machines and power shuts down when a certian level of gas is detected

    April 8, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  4. Donna

    If this mine had been union this may not have happened because the umwa really keeps on these big coal co.to insure the safety of their people. god bless the u.m.w.a.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  5. Donna

    please keep these families in your hearts and prayers. Im a coal miners daughter and granddaughter and I have had to live with that fear all my life. My granddad was killed in 1962 and I never got to meet him but that is a way of life for miners and their families. please pray
    for them.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  6. will yon

    Tell Joe Johns that the mine owner is not global warming denier. He is a global warming hoax denier. Nobody believes Al Gore anymore.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  7. kenny

    hi im a coal miner from colorado. i just want people to think about this the managers may not have done everything rite how ever people need to think about the enviroment we work in not everything can be controlled i work in a mine thats never had a fatality. besides we do our job because we love it. we know the risks but what is life if you dont take a risk or to

    April 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  8. rufus

    i am a coal miner and i hope like hell nothing like that happens to me or ever happens again

    to west Va coal miners and family may god bless you all and b with you in very needed time of need and for the rescue team god bless good luck and be careful

    April 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. andrea

    my uncle is in the mine, we are hoping and praying he is one of the 4 still alive. I just wish there was more information... its scary. Its heart breaking and its something that will scar the family for life. My uncle has a 2year old son, and he keeps asking for his dad, just hearing him makes me cry but also helps me to hold on to hope.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Eugenia - San Francisco

    I'm glad that your comment was posted. The Crandall Canyon mine had an earthquake at the time of the cave in.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  11. makenzy

    i feel sooo bad soe them people that died and i can't beleive the december 6,1907 how many people are dead dang gosh

    April 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  12. Gloria Smith

    Good Afternoon Anderson,

    I noticed on-line that there was a 3.4 earthquake in West Virginia on Sunday, April 4, 2010. This earthquake was about 42 miles from Charleston, WV, could this earthquake have triggered the mine explosion? Also, does the company monitor for earthquakes? It seems to me that this could have something to do with the explosion.

    I am praying for the miners and their family.

    April 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

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