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Mine Fires About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
01/19/2006 Aracoma Alma Melville, WV Coal 2 Moon phase for this day
12/19/1984 Wilberg Wilberg, UT Coal 27 Moon phase for this day
07/22/1972 Blacksville No. 1 Blacksville, WV Coal 9 Moon phase for this day
05/02/1972 Sunshine Kellogg, ID Silver 91 Moon phase for this day
03/26/1971 Nemacolin Nemacolin, PA Coal 3 Moon phase for this day
03/05/1968 Belle Isle Salt Franklin, LA Salt 21 Moon phase for this day
07/16/1950 Lark Lark, UT Lead 5 Moon phase for this day
07/05/1944 Powhatan Belmont, OH Coal 66 Moon phase for this day
11/24/1927 Magma Superior, AZ Copper 7 Moon phase for this day
08/27/1922 Argonaut Jackson, CA Gold 47 Moon phase for this day
12/13/1921 Satanic Morrison, CO Coal 6 Moon phase for this day
06/08/1917 Granite Mountain Butte, MT Copper 164 Moon phase for this day
02/14/1916 Pennsylvania Butte, MT Copper 21 Moon phase for this day
08/23/1911 Giroux Ely, NV Gold/Silver 7 Moon phase for this day
05/05/1911 Hartford Negaunee, MI Iron 7 Moon phase for this day
04/07/1911 Price-Pancoast Throop, PA Coal 73 Moon phase for this day
02/23/1911 Belmont Tonopah, NV Gold/Silver 17 Moon phase for this day
11/08/1910 Victor American 3 Delagua, CO Coal 79 Moon phase for this day
11/13/1909 Cherry Cherry, IL Coal 259 Moon phase for this day
11/06/1903 Koarsarge Virginia City, MT Gold 9 Moon phase for this day
11/22/1901 Pocahontas Baby Pocahontas, VA Coal 8 Moon phase for this day
11/14/1901 Pocahontas Baby Pocahontas, VA Coal 9 Moon phase for this day
11/11/1901 Smuggler Union Pandora, CO Gold 30 Moon phase for this day
09/07/1895 Osceola Calumet, MI Copper 30 Moon phase for this day
06/16/1890 Hill Farm Dunbar, PA Coal 31 Moon phase for this day
09/06/1869 Avondale Plymouth, PA Coal 110 Moon phase for this day
04/07/1869 KY-Yellow Jacket Gold Hill, NV Gold 37 Moon phase for this day

Mine Explosions About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
04/05/2010 Upper Big Branch Montcoal, WV Coal 29 Moon phase for this day
05/20/2006 Darby Holmes Mill, KY Coal 5 Moon phase for this day
01/02/2006 Sago Tallmansville, WV Coal 12 Moon phase for this day
01/22/2003 McElroy Cameron, WV Coal 3 Moon phase for this day
09/23/2001 JWR No. 5 Brookwood, AL Coal 13 Moon phase for this day
07/31/2000 Willow Creek Helper, UT Coal 2 Moon phase for this day
12/07/1992 Southmountain No. 3 Norton, VA Coal 8 Moon phase for this day
03/19/1992 Blacksville No. 1 Blacksville, WV Coal 4 Moon phase for this day
09/13/1989 William Station No. 9 Sullivan, KY Coal 10 Moon phase for this day
07/03/1983 Homer City Homer City, PA Coal 1 Moon phase for this day
06/21/1983 McClure No. 1 McClure, VA Coal 7 Moon phase for this day
01/20/1982 RHF No. 1 Craynor, KY Coal 7 Moon phase for this day
12/08/1981 Grundy No. 21 Whitewell, TN Coal 13 Moon phase for this day
12/07/1981 Adkins No. 11 Kite, KY Coal 8 Moon phase for this day
09/09/1981 Warrier Burgdorf, ID Gold 3 Moon phase for this day
04/15/1981 Dutch Creek No. 1 Redstone, CO Coal 15 Moon phase for this day
11/07/1980 Ferrell No. 17 Uneeda, WV Coal 5 Moon phase for this day
06/08/1979 Belle Isle Salt Franklin, LA Salt 5 Moon phase for this day
03/09/1976 Scotia Ovenfork, KY Coal 26 Moon phase for this day
12/16/1972 Itmann No. 3 Itmann, WV Coal 5 Moon phase for this day
12/30/1970 Finley Nos. 15 & 16 Hyden, KY Coal 38 Moon phase for this day
11/20/1968 Consol No. 9 Farmington, WV Coal 78 Moon phase for this day
07/23/1966 Siltix Mt. Hope, WV Coal 7 Moon phase for this day
05/24/1965 C. L. Kline No. 2 Robbins, TN Coal 5 Moon phase for this day
08/27/1963 Cane Creek Moab, UT Potash 18 Moon phase for this day
12/06/1962 Robena Carmichaels, PA Coal 37 Moon phase for this day
03/23/1959 Phillips & West No. 1 Robbins, TN Coal 9 Moon phase for this day
10/27/1958 Bishop No. 34 McDowell County, WV Coal 22 Moon phase for this day
11/13/1954 Jamison No. 9 Farmington, WV Coal 16 Moon phase for this day
12/21/1951 Orient No. 2 West Frankfort, IL Coal 119 Moon phase for this day
03/25/1947 Centralia No. 5 Centralia, IL Coal 111 Moon phase for this day
08/28/1943 Sayreton No. 2 Sayreton, AL Coal 28 Moon phase for this day
02/27/1943 Smith Washoe, MT Coal 74 Moon phase for this day
05/12/1942 Christopher No. 3 Osage, WV Coal 56 Moon phase for this day
07/15/1940 Sonman "E" Portage, PA Coal 63 Moon phase for this day
03/16/1940 Willow Grove No. 10 Neffs, OH Coal 72 Moon phase for this day
01/10/1940 Pond Creek No. 1 Bartley, WV Coal 91 Moon phase for this day
07/14/1939 Duvin Providence, KY Coal 28 Moon phase for this day
04/22/1938 Keen Mountain Grundy, VA Coal 45 Moon phase for this day
12/23/1932 Shafer Moweaqua, IL Coal 54 Moon phase for this day
11/05/1930 No. 6 Millfield, OH Coal 82 Moon phase for this day
12/17/1929 Old Town McAlester, OK Coal 61 Moon phase for this day
03/21/1929 Kinloch Parnassus, PA Coal 45 Moon phase for this day
05/19/1928 Mather Mather, PA Coal 195 Moon phase for this day
04/30/1927 Federal No. 3 Everettville, WV Coal 97 Moon phase for this day
08/26/1926 Clymer No. 1 Clymer, PA Coal 44 Moon phase for this day
02/03/1926 Horning No. 4 Horning, PA Coal 20 Moon phase for this day
01/13/1926 Mine 21 Wilburton, OK Coal 91 Moon phase for this day
12/10/1925 Overton No. 2 Acmar, AL Coal 53 Moon phase for this day
05/27/1925 Farmville Coal Glen, NC Coal 53 Moon phase for this day
02/20/1925 City Sullivan, IN Coal 52 Moon phase for this day
04/28/1924 Benwood Benwood, WV Coal 119 Moon phase for this day
03/28/1924 Yukon No. 2 Yukon, WV Coal 26 Moon phase for this day
03/08/1924 Castle Gate No. 2 Castle Gate, UT Coal 172 Moon phase for this day
01/26/1924 Lancashire No. 18 Shanktown, PA Coal 36 Moon phase for this day
11/06/1923 Glen Rogers Beckley, WV Coal 27 Moon phase for this day
08/14/1923 Frontier No. 1 Kemmerer, WY Coal 99 Moon phase for this day
02/08/1923 Stag Canon No. 1 Dawson, NM Coal 120 Moon phase for this day
11/22/1922 Dolomite No. 3 Dolomite, AL Coal 90 Moon phase for this day
11/06/1922 Reilly No. 1 Spangler, PA Coal 79 Moon phase for this day
02/02/1922 Gates No. 2 Gates, PA Coal 25 Moon phase for this day
04/15/1920 No. 3 Shaft Delcambre, LA Salt 6 Moon phase for this day
06/05/1919 Baltimore Tunnel 2 Wilkes-Barre, PA Coal 92 Moon phase for this day
04/29/1919 Majestic Majestic, AL Coal 22 Moon phase for this day
09/28/1918 North No. 1 Royalton, IL Coal 21 Moon phase for this day
06/27/1918 Silver Virginia, MN Iron 18 Moon phase for this day
08/04/1917 W. Kentucky No. 7 Clay, KY Coal 62 Moon phase for this day
07/17/1917 Three Forks Quarry Trident, MT Gypsum 8 Moon phase for this day
04/27/1917 Hastings Hastings, CO Coal 121 Moon phase for this day
11/14/1916 Bessie Palos, AL Coal 30 Moon phase for this day
11/16/1915 Northwestern Ravensdale, WA Coal 31 Moon phase for this day
03/02/1915 Layland No. 3 Layland, WV Coal 115 Moon phase for this day
10/27/1914 Royalton North No. 1 Royalton, IL Coal 52 Moon phase for this day
04/28/1914 Eccles Nos. 5 & 6 Eccles, WV Coal 181 Moon phase for this day
10/22/1913 Stag Canon No. 2 Dawson, NM Coal 263 Moon phase for this day
04/23/1913 Cincinnati Courtney, PA Coal 98 Moon phase for this day
07/07/1912 Eureka Pit Ely, NV Copper 10 Moon phase for this day
03/26/1912 Jed Jed, WV Coal 83 Moon phase for this day
03/20/1912 San Bois No. 2 McCurtain, OK Coal 73 Moon phase for this day
12/09/1911 Cross Mountain Briceville, TN Coal 84 Moon phase for this day
04/08/1911 Banner Littleton, AL Coal 128 Moon phase for this day
01/18/1911 Keating Radersburg, MT Gold 6 Moon phase for this day
10/08/1910 Starkville Starkville, CO Coal 58 Moon phase for this day
05/05/1910 Palos No. 3 Palos, AL Coal 83 Moon phase for this day
03/02/1910 Alaska-Mexican Treadwell, AK Gold 37 Moon phase for this day
01/31/1910 Primero Primero, CO Coal 75 Moon phase for this day
01/12/1909 Lick Branch Switchback, WV Coal 67 Moon phase for this day
12/29/1908 Lick Branch Switchback, WV Coal 50 Moon phase for this day
11/28/1908 Rachel and Agnes Marianna, PA Coal 154 Moon phase for this day
03/28/1908 Hanna No. 1 Hanna, WY Coal 59 Moon phase for this day
12/19/1907 Darr Van Meter, PA Coal 239 Moon phase for this day
12/16/1907 Yolande Yolande, AL Coal 57 Moon phase for this day
12/06/1907 Monongah 6 & 8 Monongah, WV Coal 362 Moon phase for this day
12/01/1907 Naomi Fayette City, PA Coal 34 Moon phase for this day
01/29/1907 Stuart Stuart, WV Coal 84 Moon phase for this day
04/03/1905 Zeigler Zeigler, IN Coal 49 Moon phase for this day
03/18/1905 Rush Run/Red Ash Red Ash, WV Coal 24 Moon phase for this day
02/20/1905 Virginia City Virginia City, AL Coal 112 Moon phase for this day
01/25/1904 Harwick Cheswick, PA Coal 179 Moon phase for this day
06/30/1903 Hanna No. 1 Hanna, WY Coal 169 Moon phase for this day
07/10/1902 Rolling Mill Johnstown, PA Coal 112 Moon phase for this day
05/19/1902 Fraterville Coal Creek, TN Coal 184 Moon phase for this day
06/10/1901 Port Royal No. 2 Port Royal, PA Coal 19 Moon phase for this day
05/01/1900 Winter Quarters Scofield, UT Coal 200 Moon phase for this day
03/06/1900 Red Ash Red Ash, WV Coal 49 Moon phase for this day
02/18/1896 Vulcan New Castle, CO Coal 49 Moon phase for this day
03/20/1895 Red Canyon No. 5 Red Canyon, WY Coal 60 Moon phase for this day
01/16/1895 Butte Hardware Co. Butte, MT N/A 150 Moon phase for this day
05/10/1892 Roslyn Roslyn, WA Coal 45 Moon phase for this day
01/07/1892 Mine No. 11 Krebs, OK Coal 100 Moon phase for this day
01/27/1891 Mammouth No. 1 Mt. Pleasant, PA Coal 109 Moon phase for this day
11/09/1888 Frontenac Shaft No. 2 Frontenac, KS Coal 40 Moon phase for this day
01/21/1886 Orrel Newburg, WV Coal 39 Moon phase for this day
03/13/1884 Laurel Pocahontas, VA Coal 112 Moon phase for this day
01/24/1884 Crested Butte Crested Butte, CO Coal 59 Moon phase for this day
04/03/1867 Bright Hope Winterpock, VA Coal 69 Moon phase for this day


Mine Cave-ins About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
08/06/2007 Crandall Canyon Huntington, UT Coal 9 Moon phase for this day
02/13/1991 J & T No. 1 St. Charles, VA Coal 4 Moon phase for this day
01/04/1989 Cumberland Valley Middlesboro, KY Coal 3 Moon phase for this day
09/12/1984 Berger No. 2 Evarts, KY Coal 4 Moon phase for this day
05/10/1982 Magma Superior, AZ Copper 4 Moon phase for this day
08/13/1963 Sheppton Sheppton, PA Coal 1 Moon phase for this day
02/10/1943 C. F. and H. Shullsburg, WI Lead/Zinc 8 Moon phase for this day
05/13/1912 Norrie Ironwood, MI Iron 7 Moon phase for this day
06/28/1896 Twin Shaft Pittston, PA Coal 58 Moon phase for this day


Mine Inundations About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
07/24/2002 Quecreek Rescue Friedens, PA Coal 0 Moon phase for this day
06/03/1981 Grays Knob No. 5 Harlan County, KY Coal 3 Moon phase for this day
11/20/1980 Lake Peigneur Jefferson Island, LA Salt 0 Moon phase for this day
04/04/1978 Moss No. 3 Portal A Duty, VA Coal 5 Moon phase for this day
03/01/1977 Porter Tunnel Tower City, PA Coal 9 Moon phase for this day
05/06/1968 Saxsewell No. 8 Hominy Falls, WV Coal 4 Moon phase for this day
01/22/1959 River Slope Port Griffith, PA Coal 12 Moon phase for this day
11/03/1926 Barnes-Hecker Ishpeming, MI Iron 51 Moon phase for this day
02/05/1924 Milford Crosby, MN Iron 41 Moon phase for this day
02/21/1918 Amasa-Porter Crystal Falls, MI Iron 17 Moon phase for this day
07/24/1912 Superba and Lemont Evans Station, PA Coal 18 Moon phase for this day
10/19/1911 Wharton Hibernia, MI Iron 12 Moon phase for this day
05/26/1898 Kaska William Middleport, PA Coal 6 Moon phase for this day
08/29/1895 Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow, CO Gold 14 Moon phase for this day
09/28/1893 Mansfield Crystal Falls, MI Iron 28 Moon phase for this day
02/24/1891 Spring Mountain No. 1 Jeanesville, PA Coal 13 Moon phase for this day
12/18/1885 Nanticoke No. 1 Nanticoke, PA Coal 26 Moon phase for this day
02/16/1883 Diamond Braidwood, IL Coal 69 Moon phase for this day


Mine Asphyxiations About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
11/17/2013 Revenue-Virginius Ouray, CO Gold/Silver 2 Moon phase for this day
08/13/1936 Mountain City Mountain City, NV Copper 6 Moon phase for this day
04/28/1917 Mountain King Mariposa County, CA Gold 7 Moon phase for this day


Hoisting Accidents About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
10/06/1936 Morning Mullan, ID Lead 10 Moon phase for this day
04/23/1913 Leonard Butte, MT Copper 5 Moon phase for this day
09/03/1911 Butte & Superior Butte, MT Zinc 6 Moon phase for this day


Other Notable Accidents About the Celestial Bodies
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Date Mine Name Location Mineral Deaths Planets Moon
04/17/2007 Tri-Star Mining Barton, MD Coal 2 Moon phase for this day
On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Dale Jones, a 51-year old excavator operator with 15 years of mining experience, and Michael Wilt, a 38-year old bulldozer operator with one year of mining experience, were fatally injured when a highwall failed in the 001 Pit (Caledonia Pit/419 Pit) of Tri-Star Mining, Inc., Job No. 3 mine.
08/13/2003 Jim Walter Benchman Tuscaloosa, AL Coal 0 Moon phase for this day
Benchman Marshal Hutchins was seriously burned while filling SCBA cylinders with oxygen.  The oxygen in a filter and the piping supplying the pump ignited combustible material within these components.
10/17/2002 Barrick Heat Stress Elko, NV Gold 2 Moon phase for this day
Barrick team members, Theodore Milligan and Dale Spring were overcome and died of heat exhaustion during a training exercise at the company's idled Storm underground decline.
05/10/1995 Vaal Reefs Orkney, South Africa Gold 105 Moon phase for this day
The disaster struck when a runaway train plunged down Vaal Reef's number 2 shaft.  The train crashed on top of an elevator carrying miners to the deep gold seams - sending those trapped inside hurtling to their death 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles) below the surface.
02/06/1986 Loveridge No. 22 Fairview, WV Coal 5 Moon phase for this day
Seven company and contractor officials were walking to the top of a raw coal pile when a section of the coal pile that was 4 to 6 feet in diameter suddenly collapsed.  Five of the individuals were rapidly swallowed by the hole and suffocated.  The two others escaped injury.
02/26/1972 Buffalo Dam Collapse Saunders, WV Coal 114 Moon phase for this day
The Buffalo Mining Company retaining dam collapsed resulting in the confirmed deaths of 114 persons along Buffalo Creek from Saunders to Man, West Virginia, a distance of about 17 miles.
04/12/1971 Barnett Complex Rosiclare, IL Flurospar 7 Moon phase for this day
Seven men died as a result of exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas in advance workings on the 800-foot level of the Barnett Complex Mine.  See video.
03/26/1942 Sandts Eddy Explosives Disaster Allentown, PA Limestone 31 Moon phase for this day
Thirty-one limestone workers were killed when 20 tons of TNT prematurely exploded at the Lehigh Portland Cement Company's Sandts Eddy Quarry due to the use of old (5-6 yrs) blasting caps.
05/07/1935 South W-B Haulage Accident Wilkes-Barre, PA Coal 7 Moon phase for this day
Seven miners were killed in one of the most extraordinary anthracite disasters on record.  All were "transportation men" who perished when a 250 pound boulder fell about 625 feet into the No. 3 Shaft of the South Wilkes-Barre Colliery and smashed into their ascending elevator.
02/25/1917 North Star Snowslide Hailey, ID Gold/Silver 16 Moon phase for this day
Sixteen miners were killed when a giant snowslide destroyed a bunkhouse, compressor house, and warehouse at the North Star Mine near Hailey, Idaho.
12/18/1885 Nanticoke No. 1
Inrush of Quicksand
Nanticoke, PA Coal 26 Moon phase for this day
A mine cave-in quickly filled the Susquehanna Coal Company's Nanticoke No. 1 Mine with quicksand and water killing 26 miners.  The threat of additional sand coming down over rescuers thwarted any rescue or recovery attempts.  None of the miners' bodies were ever recovered.


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