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Category: Mine Disasters - USA


Buffalo Creek Disaster. Coal dam break leads to flood
Buffalo Creek Disaster. Coal dam break leads to flood Length: 06:59
Buffalo Creek Disaster in Logan County, West Virginia.  Flood that killed 125 in 1972.
 
Cherry Coal Mine Disaster
Cherry Coal Mine Disaster Length: 06:27
Nov. 13th 1909, disaster at Cherry IL. Coal mine.  In remembrance to the 259 miner's who lost their lives.
 
Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster
Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster Length: 03:59
Photo and musical tribute to the nine miners lost in the Crandall Canyon Mine Collapse in Huntinton, Utah.
 
Dotiki Mine Fire
Dotiki Mine Fire Length: 12:13
This video describes an underground coal fire, the actions of the miners, the efforts of management, and the assistance and experience of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.  The video reviews the relationship between management and government to reach a common goal.
 
House Democrats Introduce Updated Mine Safety Legislation
House Democrats Introduce Updated Mine Safety Legislation Length: 22:44
At a May 16, 2006 Capitol Hill press conference, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced comprehensive legislation to improve safety in America's coal mines.  The lawmakers were joined by family members of miners killed in the explosion at the Sago Mine in Upshur County, West Virginia, in January 2006.
 
Lake Peigneur Disaster
Lake Peigneur Disaster Length: 09:54
History Channel footage of the Lake Peigneur, Louisiana lake that got sucked into a salt mine in 1980.
 
Lake Peigneur sinkhole disaster
Lake Peigneur sinkhole disaster Length: 09:54
Sinkhole drains entire lake and surrounding buildings into a salt mine shaft.
 
Lake Peigneur, Louisiana
Lake Peigneur, Louisiana Length: 05:48
History Channel footage of the Lake Peigneur, Louisiana lake that got sucked into a salt mine in 1980.
 
Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5
Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5 Length: 10:00
Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5
 
Modern Marvels: The Buffalo Creek Disaster
Modern Marvels: The Buffalo Creek Disaster Length: 09:26
On Febrary 26, 1972, a coal waste impoundment near Man, WV gave way, killing 125 and injuring more than a thousand others.  More than 4,000 people were left homeless.
 
Monongah 1907 Mine Disaster
Monongah 1907 Mine Disaster Length: 04:19
This short clip is from Davitt McAteer's 1985 25-minutes video - Monongah 1907.  The entire video, rich with detail about this disaster also traces the development of mine safety laws in the US.  Monongah 1907 is now available on DVD for $14.95.  For ordering information, visit here.
 
Oil Driller Breaches Salt Mine Under Louisana Lake
Oil Driller Breaches Salt Mine Under Louisana Lake Length: 08:23
This is how you flush an entire lake down a hole.  An exploratory drilling exercise miscalculates the location of a salt mine while drilling through a lake bed.  The mine is hit, and the oil derrick, the mine, the lake, and a few barges are a total loss.
 
President Obama Eulogizes Upper Big Branch Miners
President Obama Eulogizes Upper Big Branch Miners Length: 18:35
The President and the Vice President were in West Virginia attending a memorial service for the miners lost in the tragedy at Upper Big Branch mine.
 
Quecreek Mine
Quecreek Mine Length: 03:39
The Quecreek Coal mine in Pennsylvania is flooded when miners accidentally break through to an abandoned mine.
 
Ron Wooten on Sago investigation, findings
Ron Wooten on Sago investigation, findings Length: 07:58
Emily Corio interviews Ron Wooten, the director of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, on the state's investigation into the Sago disaster.  This segment aired Jan. 4, 2007, on the West Virginia PBS program "Outlook."
 
Sago Mine Package
Sago Mine Package Length: 03:12
This is a natural sound package I worked on that chronicled the events that unfolded at the Sago Mines in West Virginia, January 2006.  The Sun and Moon icons were created in Photoshop but all other elements and effects were done with Final Cut Pro.
 
Sago Mine Victims' Families Speak Out
Sago Mine Victims' Families Speak Out Length: 03:18
Watch highlights of family members of miners killed in the Jan. 2006 explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia.
 
The Real Silent Hill - Centralia PA Mine Fire
The Real Silent Hill - Centralia PA Mine Fire Length: 05:49
This is a short film documenting real Silent Hill and the destruction left behind after a 40 year plus underground mine fire that continues to burn today.  The inferno started when a trash fire was lit in an abandoned mine pit in Centralia in 1962.  The fire ignited an exposed vein of coal and spread throughout the mines beneath the borough.  Several attempts have been made and millions of dollars have been spent unsuccessfully to extinguish this fire that still burns today.  Learn more at Offroaders-dot-com.