The worst mining disasters in human history
These terrible accidents took hundreds of lives
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As the history books will tell you, the mining industry has taken thousands of lives over the years. When the Industrial Revolution took hold during the 19th century, the need for fossil fuels like coal grew exponentially, and the working class were sent deep underground to harvest the precious materials needed to power engines and machinery. Coal mining was a particularly dangerous endeavor, as the coal dust in the air was highly flammable. And in addition to dealing with dreadful working conditions, back-breaking labor, and toxic fumes, miners risk their lives every time they go to work. From explosions to collapses, there have been countless disasters that took hundreds of lives in those claustrophobic tunnels.
Click through this gallery to learn about the most devastating mining accidents in human history, and the shocking death tolls they caused.
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