On 10 March 1906, 1,099 miners (this included many young children) died in a coal dust explosion in Courrieres, in France. Source document.
On Dec. 15, 1914, a gas explosion at the Mitsubishi Hojyo coal mine in Kyushu, Japan, killed 687 miners, making it the deadliest mine accident in Japan's history.
On 9 May 1960, an explosion at the Laobaidong mine in Datong, Shanxi province, killed 684 miners.
At the Mitsui Mining Company's Miike coal mine in Japan, 458 miners were killed in an explosion on 9 November 1963. Hundreds of people were injured. Source document.
483 men and boys were killed in the worst Welsh coal mining disaster on 14 October 1913 at Senghenydd. A coal dust explosion was the cause of the tragedy.
On 1 January 1960, 435 miners died in a mining disaster at Coalbrook in South Africa. Rock falls and methane poisoning were to blame.
In Wankie, in Zimbabwe, a coal mine explosion killed 427 miners on June 6, 1972.
On 28 May 1965, in Dhanbad, India, 375 miners were killed in a coal mine fire.
Again in India, flooding and a coal mine explosion killed 372 miners on 27 December 1975.
362 miners were killed in the worst mining disaster in the United States at Monongah on 6 December 1907. Explosions and poisonous gases were the cause of these deaths.
Several explosions at the Barnsley, Oaks Colliery, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England on 12 December 1866 led to the deaths of 361 miners, 27 of whom were rescuers who were in the mine after the first explosion.