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Mine Disasters in the United States

West End Coal Company
Mocanaqua Mine Explosion

Mocanaqua, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
October 24, 1931
No. Killed - 4

Successful Rescue

Two miners who never gave up hope after 4 comrades were killed in an explosion in the Mocanaqua Mine of the West End Coal Company were rescued after 133 hours of entrapment.  The survivors were John Thomashunis, age 40, and John Metz, age 22.

Editor's Note: The news articles identified the 22 year-old miner rescued as Joseph Matzoni (or Matazoni).

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