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List of major accidents (mine disasters, plane crashes) in Greater China since the 20th century. By Tilman Aretz, author of "The Greater China Factbook" (http://taretz.blogspot.com)
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List of major accidents (mine disasters, plane crashes) in Greater China since the 20th century. By Tilman Aretz, author of "The Greater China Factbook" (http://taretz.blogspot.com)
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 T
ILMAN
 A
RETZ
S BLOG
http://taretz.blogspot.com 
 ]
 ——— 
Major accidents in Greater China
 
1
Major accidents in the Greater China area since the 20
th
 century
C
HRONOLOGY OF MAJOR MINE DISASTERS
 
1942, April 26: Explosion at the Benxi Coal Mine
本溪煤礦
 in Benxi
本溪
 (Liaoning Province), at least 1540 dead, making it the world
s worst mine disaster in recorded history 1950, Feb. 27: A gas explosion in the Yiluo Coal Mine
宜洛煤礦
 in Yiyang County 
宜陽縣
 (Luoyang City 
洛陽市
, Henan Province) claims 174 lives 1960, May 9: A blast in the Laobaidong Coal Mine
老白洞煤礦
 in Datong 
大同
 (Shanxi Province) leaves 684 people dead 1984, June 20: Explosion at the Haishan Coal Mine
海山煤礦
 in Jueifang 
瑞芳
 (Taipei County 
台北縣
, Taiwan), more than 70 dead 1991, April 21: Gas explosion at the Sanjiaohe Coal Mine
 三交河煤礦
 (Hongdong County 
 洪洞縣
, Shanxi Province); 147 dead; worst mine disaster in China in three decades 1997, March 4: Explosion at the Hongtupo Coal Mine
紅土坡煤礦
 in Nanjie Village
南街村
 (Liangwa Town
梁窪
, Lushan County 
魯山縣
, Pingdingshan City 
平頂山市
, Henan Province); 42 dead 2000, Sept. 27: Gas explosion at the Muchonggou Coal Mine
 木衝溝煤礦
 near Shuicheng 
 水城
 (Guizhou Province); 162 dead 2001, April 6: Gas explosion at the Chenjiashan Coal Mine
陳家山煤礦
 in Yao County 
耀縣
 (Tongchuan City 
銅川
, Shaanxi Province); 38 dead 2003, Jan. 11: Gas explosion at the Baoxing Coal Mine
寶興煤礦
 in Fangzheng County 
方正縣
 (Heilongjiang Province); 34 dead Nov. 14: Gas explosion in the Jianxin Coal Mine
建新煤礦
 in Fengcheng 
豐城
 (Yichun city 
宜春市
, Jiangxi Province); 49 dead Dec. 23: Huge explosion at a natural gas field in Chuandongbei
川東北
 (Kai County 
開縣
, Chongqing City), 233 people die, thousands are injured, 31,000 people have to be evacuated due to leaking of poisonous gas 2004, Oct. 20: Gas explosion at the Daping Coal Mine
大平煤礦
 in Xinmi City 
新密市
 (Zhengzhou City 
鄭州市
, Henan Province); 148 dead Nov. 20: Fire in an iron mine in Baita Town
白塔鎮
 (Shahe City 
沙河市
, Hebei Province); 65 dead Nov. 28: Gas explosion at the Chenjiashan Coal Mine (Shaanxi Province); 166 dead; deadliest disaster in the PRC in a decade and second serious accident in this mine since April 2001 2005, Feb. 14: Gas explosion at the Sunjiawan Coal Mine
孫家灣煤礦
 owned by the Fuxin Mining Group ( 
Fuxin kuangye jituan 
阜新礦業集團
 ) in Fuxin
阜新
 (Liaoning Province); 214 dead; worst mine disaster in PRC history March 19: Gas explosion at the Xishui Coal Mine
細水煤礦
 in Baitang Township
白堂鄉
 (Pinglu District
平魯
, Shuozhou City 
朔州市
, Shanxi Province); 72 dead May 12: A gas explosion at the Jinjiang-Panhai Coal Mine
金江畔海煤礦
 in Panzhihua
攀枝花
 (Sichuan Province) kills 21  July 11: Gas explosion at the Shenlong Coal Mine
神龍煤礦
 close to Fukang 
阜康
 (Xinjiang); 83 dead  Aug. 7: Flooding at the illegal Daxing Coal Mine
大興煤礦
 in Huanghuai
黃槐
 (Xingning County 
興寧縣
, Mei-zhou City 
梅州市
, Guangdong Province); 123 miners drown Oct. 3: Gas explosion at a coal mine of the Hemei Group
鶴煤集團
 near Hebi
鶴壁
 (Henan Province); 34 dead Nov. 27: Explosion at the Dongfeng Coal Mine
東風煤礦
 in Qitaihe
七台河
 (Heilongjiang Province); 171 dead Dec. 7: Explosion at the privately run Liuguantun Coal Mine
劉官屯煤礦
 in the Kaiping District
開平區
 of  Tangshan City 
唐山市
 (Hebei Province) 2006, April 29: Explosion at the Wayaobao Coal Mine
瓦窯堡煤礦
 in Zichang County 
子長縣
 near Yan
an
延安
 (Shaanxi Province); 32 dead May 18: The shaft of the Xinjing Coal Mine
新井煤礦
 in Zuoyun County 
左雲縣
 (Shanxi Province) is flooded, 56 miners drown, members of the mine management are detained by the authorities for trying to cover up the accident
 
 T
ILMAN
 A
RETZ
S BLOG
http://taretz.blogspot.com 
 ]
 ——— 
Major accidents in Greater China
 
2
May 22: Gas explosion at an illegal coal mine in Minchi
澠池
 (Sanmenxia City 
三門峽市
, Henan Province); 8 dead  June 28: Gas explosion at the Wulong Coal Mine
五龍煤礦
 owned by the Fuxin Mining Group in Liaoning 
s Fuxin; 21 dead  Aug. 17: Gas explosion in Jiangxi
s Jianxin Coal Mine; 5 dead Oct. 31: Gas explosion at the Weijiadi Coal Mine
魏家地煤礦
 in Jingyuan County 
靖遠縣
 (Baiyin City 
白銀市
, Gansu Province); 29 miners are killed Nov. 5: Gas explosion at the Jiaojiazhai Coal Mine
焦家寨煤礦
 in Yuanping County 
原平縣
 (Shanxi Province); 47 dead Nov. 25: A gas explosion at the Yuanhua Coal Mine
遠華煤礦
 in Jixi
雞西
 (Heilongjiang Province) claims the lives of 22 miners; a few hours later a similar explosion at a mine in Housuo
後所鎮
 (Fuyuan County 
富源
, Yunnan Province) kills 32 miners Nov. 26: Gas explosion at the Luweitan Coal Mine
蘆葦灘煤礦
 in Hedi Township
河底鄉
 (Yaodu District
都區
, Linfen City 
臨汾市
, Shanxi Province); 24 dead 2007, Jan. 12: Gas explosion at the Niuxinhui Coal Mine
牛心會煤礦
 in Ningwu County 
寧武縣
 (Xinzhou City 
州市
, Shanxi Province); 13 dead  Jan. 17: Flooding at the Haolaigou Iron Mine
壕賴溝鐵礦
 near Baotou
包頭
 (Inner Mongolia), 29 miners are trapped, efforts to rescue them are abandoned a week later Feb. 2: An explosion at the Xing 
an Coal Mine
興安煤礦
 in Tianchi Town
天池鎮
 (Minchi County 
澠池縣
, Sanmenxia City, Henan Province) kills 24 miners March 18: Gas explosion at the Miaojiang Coal Mine
苗匠煤礦
 in Zezhou
澤州
 (Jincheng City 
晉城市
, Shanxi Province); 21 dead;
the mine’s license had expired before the accident
 March 28: A gas explosion at the Yujialing Coal Mine
余家嶺煤礦
 in Pingyuan Township
平垣鄉
 (Yaodu District, Linfen City, Shanxi Province) leaves 26 workers dead  April 30: An explosion at an illegal private coal mine in Yu County 
盂縣
 (Yangquan City 
陽泉市
, Shanxi Province) kills 14 workers May 5: Gas explosion at the Pudeng Coal Mine
蒲鄧煤礦
 in Pu County 
蒲縣
 (Linfen City, Shanxi Province); at least 28 dead; the mine had previously received an order to suspend production but the operators resumed mining without a permit  June 3: Gas explosion at the Niheling Coal Mine
泥河嶺煤礦
 in Dujiacun
杜家村
 (Jingle County 
靜樂縣
, Xinzhou City 
忻州市
, Shanxi Province); 13 dead  Aug. 8: Flooding at the Longhua Coal Mine
壟華煤礦
 (Yangchang Township
羊場鄉
, Qianxi County 
黔西縣
, Guizhou Province); 12 dead  Aug. 17: After torrential rain a levee of the Wen River
汶河
 in the Xintai area
新泰地區
 (Taian City 
泰安市
, Shandong Province) is breached, flooding the Huayuan Coal Mine
華源煤礦
 (former Zhangzhuang Coal Mine
張莊煤礦
 ) and the Minggong Coal Mine
名公煤礦
; 172 miners in the Huayuan Coal Mine and another 9 in the Minggong Coal Mine drown Oct. 13: Gas explosion in Jiangxi
s Jianxin Coal Mine; 16 of the 283 miners working in the pit are killed Nov. 9: A gas leak in the Qunli Coal Mine
群力煤礦
 in Nayong County 
納雍縣
 (Bijie Prefecture
畢節地區
, Guizhou Province) kills 35 workers; 51 escape Dec. 5: Explosion in the Yuanxinyao Coal Mine
原新窯煤礦
 belonging to the Ruizhiyuan Mining Co. Ltd.
之源煤業有限公司
 in Hongdong County (Linfen City, Shanxi Province); 105 dead; at the time of the blast 128 miners were working the shaft which was only approved for 60 miners 2008, Feb. 17: An explosion in an illegal iron mine disguised as a wild boar farm in Wuan
武安
 (Handan City 
邯鄲市
, Hebei Province) kills 24 people  June 13: An explosion in the Anxin Coal Mine
安信煤礦
 in Xiaoyi
孝義
 (Shanxi Province) kills at least 27  workers  July 1: 18 miners die in a shaft collapse in the Huisen Liangshuijing Coal Mine
匯森涼水井煤礦
 (Shenmu County 
神木縣
, Shaanxi Province)  July 5: Mine collapse in the Wujiu Coal Mine
五九煤礦
 in Gaoshan Town
高山鎮
 (Nanjiao District
南郊區
, Datong City 
大同市
, Shanxi Province); 21 dead  July 14: A blast in the Lijiawa Coal Mine
李家窪煤礦
 in Yu County 
蔚縣
 (Zhangjiakou City 
張家口市
, Hebei Province) kills 35
 
 T
ILMAN
 A
RETZ
S BLOG
http://taretz.blogspot.com 
 ]
 ——— 
Major accidents in Greater China
 
3
 July 21: The Nadu Coal Mine
那讀煤礦
 (Tiandong County 
田東縣
, Baise City 
百色市
, Guangxi Province) is flooded; 30 dead  Aug. 1: An accident in the Pingyu Pit No. 4
平禹四礦
, operated by the Pingyu Coal & Electric Co. Ltd.
 
平禹煤電有限責任公司
 in Yuzhou City 
禹州市
 (Xuchang City 
許昌市
, Henan Province), kills 23 workers Sept. 4: A gas explosion in No. 8 Coal Mine
第八煤礦
 in Hexi Town
河西鎮
 (Qinghemen District
清河門區
, Fuxin City, Liaoning Province) kills 27 Sept. 8: Torrential rains in the Tashan Mining Area
塔山礦區
 (Xiangfen County 
襄汾縣
, Linfen City, Shanxi Province) cause a dam at a waste reservoir downstream of an illegally operating iron mine to burst, triggering a mudslide which kills 259 Sept. 20: A fire in the Fuhua Coal Mine
富華煤礦
 in Hegang 
鶴崗
 (Heilongjiang Province) claims 19 lives Sept. 21: Gas explosion in the private coal mine Xinfeng Erkuang 
新豐二礦
 in Dengfeng 
登封
 (Zhengzhou City, Henan Province); 37 dead Oct. 29: A gas explosion in the Yaotou Coal Mine
堯頭斜井煤礦
 in Chengcheng County 
澄城縣
 (Weinan City 
渭南市
, Shaanxi Province) kills 24; the Mazhuang Coal Mine
馬莊煤礦
 in Kejing Town
克井鎮
 (Jiyuan City 
濟源市
, Henan Province) is flooded; 20 dead Dec. 1: 15 miners and 3 rescuers are killed after a gas explosion and subsequent cave-in at the Changlong Coal Mine
昌隆煤礦
 in Qitaihe (Heilongjiang Province) 2009, Feb. 13: A gas and coal outburst in the Zhihe Coal Mine
織河煤礦
 in Zhucang Town
珠藏鎮
 (Zhijin County 
織金縣
, Bijie Prefecture
畢節地區
, Guizhou Province) kills 8 Feb. 22: 74 workers perish in a gas explosion in the Tunlan Coal Mine
屯蘭煤礦
 in Gujiao
古交
 (Taiyuan City 
太原市
, Shanxi Province)  April 17: A blast at a warehouse storing explosives and detonators at the Daling Coal Mine
大岭煤礦
 in Zhangshu Township
樟樹鄉
 (Yungxing County 
永興縣
, Chenzhou City 
郴州市
, Hunan Province) kills 18 May 3: Five workers are killed in a fume poisoning accident at a lead, zinc and antimony mine in Wuyu Town
圩鎮
 (Jinchengjiang District
金城江區
, Hechi City 
河池市
, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region) May 16: Toxic gas kills 11 workers in the Majialiang Coal Mine
麻家梁礦井
 in Shuozhou City May 30: A gas leak in the Tonghua Coal Mine
同華煤礦
 kills 30 workers in Anwen Town
安穩鎮
 (Qijiang County 
綦江縣
, Chongqing City) May 31: Five workers die of carbon monoxyde poisoning in the Xiangyang Coal Mine
向陽煤礦
 in Zishui  Township
紫水鄉
 (Kai County, Chongqing City)  Aug. 24: Gas explosion in the Jijian Mine Shaft
基建礦井
 of Xingguang Company Coal Mine Co. Ltd.
星光煤業有限責任公司
 in Heshun County 
和順縣
 (Jinzhong City 
晉中市
, Shanxi Province), 11 dead Sept. 8: Gas explosion in the Xinhua No. 4 Pit
新華四礦
 
in Henan’s Pingdingshan, 43 dead; 6 workers and 7
rescuers choke to death in a fire in a gold mine owned by Jinyuan Mining Co.
金源礦業公司
 in Lingbao City 
靈寶市
 (Sanmenxia City, Henan Province) Oct. 9: Two lift cages in the Hsikwangshan Twinkling Star Antimony Co. No. 2 mine
錫礦山閃星銻業有限責任公司南礦
2
直井
 in Lengshuijiang 
冷水江
 (Loudi City 
婁底市
, Hunan Province) collapse, 26 dead Oct. 14: An explosion in the Dafeng Coal Mine
大峰礦
 in Shizuishan
石嘴山
 (Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region), owned by the Shenhua Group
神華集團
, kills 14 workers Nov. 10: A gas and coal outburst in the Majiagou Coal Mine
馬家溝煤礦
 in Tangshan kills 6 Nov. 21: Gas explosion in the Xinxing Coal Mine
新興煤礦
 owned by the Heilongjiang Longmei Mining Holding Co.
黑龍江省龍煤控股集團
 in Hegang, 108 dead Nov. 22: A blast in the Guojiawan Coal Mine
郭家灣煤礦
 in Tianwan Town
田灣鎮
 (Chenxi County 
辰溪縣
, Huaihua City 
懷化市
, Hunan Province) claims 15 lives Nov. 26: A gas burst in the Zhenxing Coal Mine
振興煤礦
 in Xingren County 
興仁縣
 (Qianxinan Bouyei Hmong Autonomous Prefecture
黔西南布依族苗族自治州
, Guizhou Province) kills 10 Dec. 27: Gas explosion in the Donggou Colliery Co., Ltd.
東溝煤礦
 in Zhanglan Town
張蘭鎮
 (Jiexiu City 
休市
, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province), 12 dead Dec. 28: Gas burst in the Malishu Coal Mine
麻慄樹煤礦
 in Shuangbai County 
雙柏縣
 (Chuxiong Lolos  Autonomous Prefecture
楚雄彝族自治州
, Yunnan Province), 6 miners perish 2010, Jan. 5: A fire in the Lisheng Coal Mine
立勝煤礦
 in Tanjiashan Town
譚家山鎮
 (Xiangtan County 
湘潭縣
, Xiangtan City 
湘潭市
, Hunan Province) kills 25; a mine collapse in the Wanli Pit
萬裏井
 of the Dayang Coal Mine
大陽煤礦
 owned by the Lanhua Group
蘭花集團
 in Jincheng City (Shanxi Province) kills 6,

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