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Coal Dust Explosion at Bruceton, PA
This is a vintage video of a coal dust explosion at the experimental mine in Bruceton, Pennsylvania.  Explosions with this force no longer occur there because of the damage to local residences and businesses experienced in the past.  The facility is still in operation, now shared by NIOSH and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Sheppton Disaster 50 Years Later
A Topic A television show on WYLN TV about the famous Sheppton Mine disaster and rescue which occurred in August 1963.  MORE
Lake Peigneur sinkhole disaster
Sinkhole drains entire lake and surrounding buildings into a salt mine shaft.
PEPCON Disaster
The PEPCON disaster was an industrial disaster that occurred in Henderson, Nevada on May 4, 1988 at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) plant.  The fire and subsequent explosions claimed two lives, injured 372 people, and caused an estimated US$100 million of damage.
President Obama Eulogizes Upper Big Branch Miners
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.  MORE
Sago Mine Package
Events that unfolded at the Sago Mines in West Virginia, January 2006.  MORE
Quecreek: Critical Decisions
On July 24, 2002 coal miners broke through into an abandoned, water-filled mine flooding the Quecreek Mine with over 150 million gallons of water.  Nine miners scrambled to safety, but nine were trapped in a pocket of air in the dark, cold, water filled mine.  They were rescued four days later through the combined efforts of state and federal mine rescue agencies and hundreds of workers and volunteers.  See also: Quecreek Miners Part I and Quecreek Miners Part II  MORE
Quecreek Mine
The Quecreek Coal mine in Pennsylvania is flooded when miners accidentally break through to an abandoned mine.  MORE
Ron Wooten on Sago investigation, findings
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."  MORE
Dotiki Mine Fire
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.

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Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster
This is a graphic portrayal from MSHA which provides the probable cause of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia on April 5, 2010 which killed 29 miners.  MORE
Vintage Video Files From the West Virginia State Archives
Knox Mine Disaster
The Knox Mine disaster was a mining accident where the Susquehanna River broke through into the many interconnected mine galleries in the Wyoming Valley.  It is widely credited with single-handedly killing the mining industry in the Northern Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania.  It took three days to plug the hole in the riverbed, which was done by dumping large railroad cars, smaller mine cars, culm, and other debris into the whirlpool formed by the water draining into the mine.  Twelve miners died in this accident.  MORE
You Are My Sunshine
"You Are My Sunshine" tells the story of the Sunshine Mine Disaster of 1972 through the eyes of 27 people who lived through it.  The video explores what happened, what went wrong, and what were the lessons learned.  The Sunshine Fire was the catalyst for the Metal/Nonmetal Health and Safety Act of 1977.  This video describes in vivid detail what happened during this tragic and historic event which cost the lives of 91 miners.  MORE
Milford Mine disaster
Remembering the Milford Mine disaster, Minnesota's worst mining tragedy where 41 miners lost their lives when the Milford Mine in Crow Wing County on the Cuyuna Iron Range flooded.  Seven men escaped death from the sudden rush of mud and water.  The mine, about 200 feet deep, flooded in minutes.  MORE
Monongah 1907 Mine Disaster
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.  MORE
The Buffalo Creek Disaster
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.  MORE
Dawson, New Mexico Remembered
The 1913 coal mine explosion at Dawson NM that took 263 lives still stands as the second largest mining accident in US History.  In October 2013, AHEPA chapters in the US remembered the disaster and the Greek miners who were a major part of the mining industry in the US.   MORE
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Lake Peigneur Salt Mine Disaster
Video of the Lake Peigneur Salt Mine disaster.
Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster
Photo and musical tribute to the nine miners lost in the Crandall Canyon Mine Collapse in Huntinton, Utah.  Manny Sanchez, Carlos Payan, Kerry Allred, Luis Hernandez, Brandon Phillips and Don Erickson died Aug. 6, 2007.  Dale Black, Brandon Kimber and Gary Jensen, three would-be rescuers, were killed 10 days later during another collapse.  MORE
Buffalo Creek Disaster
Buffalo Creek Disaster in Logan County, West Virginia.  Flood that killed 125 in 1972.  MORE
Oil Driller Breaches Salt Mine Under Louisana Lake
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.
Texas City Explosions
On April 16, 1947 the S.S. Grandcamp, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, exploded in the Texas City harbor.  That night, the S.S. High Flyer also exploded in what became known as the Texas City Disaster.
Sago Mine Victims' Families Speak Out
Watch highlights of family members of miners killed in the Jan. 2006 explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia.  MORE
House Democrats Introduce Updated Mine Safety Legislation
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.  MORE

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Missing Miners Found Dead in a Copper Mine
A rescue team is sent to search for missing miners in a sulfide copper mine.  The men and their machine are found dead in an unventilated opening, victims of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

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1971 Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Disaster at Barnett Complex
Two brothers, William and Philip Long, entered an area of the mine and were subsequently overcome by Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas.  An additional 5 employees made several attempts to reach the Long brothers and bring them to fresh air.  After finally reaching the downed brothers and loading them onto a locomotive to bring them out, they too were overcome and killed by the toxic gas.  MORE
1917 Hastings Mine Disaster
It was April 27, 1917, just a few weeks after the United States had joined World War I, and 121 men were dead, many of them migrants from Europe, after a mine explosion triggered -- ironically -- by a well-respected safety inspector.  The Hastings Mine explosion, which happened 100 years ago on April 27, 1917, is apparently the state’s worst disaster by death toll.
1968 Farmington Mine Disaster
A recap of the historic Farmington Mine Disaster in West Virginia featuring vintage news clips and interviews.  This event brought about the Health and Safety Act of 1969 and lauched a new era in mine safety.  MORE
Wilberg Mine Fire
Former Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon reflects on the Wilberg disaster of 1984.  MORE
Remembering Wilberg Documentary Trailer
This documentary will focus on fire hazards in an underground operation, as well as general hazard recognition and accident investigation issues.  While the primary audience will be mine rescue team members, the video will be relevant to all miners.  Not only will this video touch on hazards present in underground coal mining, but it will cover general hazards and safety issues that will be applicable to all mining operations.   MORE
Mine Disasters in the United States
Mammoth library containing information on all mine disasters in the US since 1839.
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