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Mine Disasters in the United States
 
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Highest USA Mine Rescuer Deaths
Date Mine Name State Total Deaths Rescuer Deaths
Mar 1908 Hanna No. 1 WY 59 59
Jun 1901 Port Royal No. 2 PA 19 17
Mar 1944 Katherine No. 4 WV 16 16
Nov 1909 St. Paul No. 2 IL 259 12
Sep 2001 JWR No. 5 AL 13 12
Mar 1976 Scotia KY 26 11
Mar 1905 Rush Run & Red Ash WV 24 11
Aug 1943 Sayreton No. 2 AL 28 10
Aug 1936 Kathleen IL 9 9
Nov 1901 Pocahontas VA 17 8
June 1906 Rocky Fork MT 8 8
Mar 1937 Kramer External Link PA 9 7
Apr 1917 Mountain King CA 7 5
Apr 1971 Barnett Complex IL 7 5

Record USA Mine Entrapments
Date Mine Name State Miners Period
Feb 1891 Spring Mountain No. 1 PA 4 19 days
Mar 1936 Brown Family Mine External Link OH 1 19 days
Dec 1906 Edison Tunnel Cave-in External Link CA 1 15 days
Aug 1963 Sheppton PA 2 14 days
May 1968 Saxsewell No. 8 WV 6 10 days
May 1972 Sunshine ID 2 8 days
Mar 1942 Crackerjack External Link CO 1 8 days
Mar 1969 Deep Lark External Link UT 1 8 days
Feb 1937 Abandoned WV Mine External Link WV 1 8 days
Nov 1926 Tomhicken External Link PA 5 8 days
Oct 1913 Continental Mine External Link PA 1 8 days
Nov 1909 St. Paul No. 2 IL 21 8 days
Oct 1914 Continental Colliery PA 1 7¾ days
Feb 1914 Cannon WA 1 7 days
Mar 1977 Porter Tunnel PA 1 6 days
Oct 1913 Vogel and Lawrence External Link TX 7 6 days
Sep 1915 Rahn Colliery PA 9 6 days
Aug 1926 Kentucky Zinc Mine External Link KY 5 6 days
Oct 1931 Mocanaqua PA 2 5½ days
May 1968 Saxsewell No. 8 WV 15 5 days
Mar 1915 Layland No. 3 WV 47 4 days
Sep 1911 Shakespeare Placer AK 14 3½ days
Jul 2002 Quecreek PA 9 3¼ days

Worst USA Mine Disasters by State
State Mine Name and Location Killed
Banner Mine Explosion
Littleton, Alabama
128
Alaska-Mexican Mine Explosion
Treadwell, Alaska
37
Coronado Mine Haulage Disaster
Clifton, Arizona
9
Kansas and Texas Mine No. 44 Explosion
Huntington, Arkansas
14
Argonaut Mine Fire
Jackson, California
47
Hastings Mine Explosion
Hastings, Colorado
121
Broward Mine Explosives Accident
Miramar, Florida
3
Stone Mt. Quarry Air Tank Explosion
Decatur, Georgia
7
Sunshine Mine Fire
Kellogg, Idaho
91
St. Paul No. 2 Mine Fire
Cherry, Illinois
259
City Mine Explosion
Sullivan, Indiana
52
Lost Creek No. 2 Mine Explosion
Oskaloosa, Iowa
20
Shaft No. 2 Mine Explosion
Frontenac, Kansas
40
West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion
Clay, Kentucky
62
Belle Isle Salt Mine Fire
Franklin, Louisiana
21
Davis No. 42 Mine Explosion
Kempton, Maryland
16
Barnes-Hecker Mine Inundation
Ishpeming, Michigan
51
Milford Mine Inundation
Crosby, Minnesota
41
Harmony Mine Inundation
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
2
Keith and Perry No. 6 Mine Explosion
Rich Hill, Missouri
24
Granite Mountain Mine Fire
Butte, Montana
163
KY-Yellow Jacket Mine Fire
Gold Hill, Nevada
37
Wharton Mine Inundation
Hibernia, New Jersey
12
Stag Cañon No. 2 Mine Explosion
Dawson, New Mexico
263
Callahan Quarry Explosives Disaster
South Bethlehem, New York
29
Farmville Mine Explosion
Coal Glen, North Carolina
53
Millfield No. 6 Mine Explosion
Millfield, Ohio
82
No. 11 Mine Explosion
Krebs, Oklahoma
100
Silver Ridge Mine Explosives Accident
Quartzville, Oregon
3
Darr Mine Explosion
Van Meter, Pennsylvania
239
Homestake Mine Ground Fall Accident
Lead, South Dakota
3
Fraterville Mine Explosion
Coal Creek, Tennessee
184
El Paso Quarry Haulage Accident
El Paso, Texas
3
Winter Quarters No. 1, 2 Mine Explosion
Scofield, Utah
200
Sheldon Quarry Roof Fall
West Rutland, Vermont
7
Laurel Mine Explosion
Pocahontas, Virginia
112
Roslyn Mine Explosion
Roslyn, Washington
45
Monongah Nos. 6 and 8 Mine Explosion
Monongah, West Virginia
362
C. F. and H. Mine Cave-in
Shullsburg, Wisconsin
8
Hanna No. 1 Mine Explosion
Hanna, Wyoming
169

Here's What the Disaster Calendar Reveals
Month No. of Disasters Total Killed Successful Rescues Rescuer Deaths
Jan 102 1,926 31 13
Feb 87 1,512 21 28
Mar 94 1,869 25 116
Apr 78 1,606 16 41
May 82 1,546 24 19
Jun 60 905 18 37
Jul 72 788 17 15
Aug 70 813 25 37
Sep 57 574 17 25
Oct 71 1,007 28 17
Nov 81 1,665 33 33
Dec 91 1,970 28 15
Note: The number of rescuer deaths in column 5 may be in addition to the Total Killed in column 3.  In some cases, these fatalities come from accidents with less than 5 fatalities.