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Another British mining disaster kills forty-nine, this time in South Wales

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
02/19/1862
In the early afternoon, a series of explosions struck the Cethin Colliery, two miles from the South Wales town of Merthyr Tytfil. Rescuers immediately descended into the 3600 foot mine and found forty-seven fellow miners dead from either poison gas or the effects of the explosions.  Two more bodies were found later, bringing the total deaths to forty-nine.  Two hundred other men at work in the mine at the time survived. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1862 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1863), 23-24. 

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