Natural and Man-Made Calamities in China: Mine Accidents and Severe Toxic Chemical Tank Explosion

Zhou Tong, Ed.

PureInsight | December 12, 2005


Forty-two missing in a coal mine accident in Henan Province

Only days after the major coal mine explosion on November 27, 2005 in Qitaihe Coal Mine in Heilongjiang Province, in which 169 people were killed, another mining accident took place at the Sigou Coal Mine in Shisi Township, Xinan County in Henan Province on December 2, 2005. Forty two miners are missing.

Sixteen people have been killed and three are missing in two coal mine accidents in Guizhou Province

On December 2, 2005, two coal mining accidents took place in Shuicheng County in Liupanshui City in Guizhou Province. Sixteen people were killed and three miners are still missing from the accidents.

At 6:50A.M., December 2, 2005, a gas explosion happened in Zhonghe Coal Mine in Aga Township of Shuicheng County in Liupanshui City, Guizhou Province. Among the 31 miners who were working underground at the time of the explosion, fifteen were safely evacuated and sixteen were killed.

On the same day, another accident happened in the coal mine in Yushe Township in Shuicheng City, and three miners are missing.

According to a report from the BBC, many coal mines in Mainland China are operated illegally and are considered the most dangerous mines in the world. Especially in recent years, with a rapidly growing economy that demands more and more energy, Chinese coal mines have become even more dangerous. More than three thousand miners have been killed in coal mining accidents in China since the beginning of this year. Because of the horrendous safety record in Chinese mines, mining has become one of the most dangerous occupations in the world.

According to official data released by the Chinese government, more than six thousand Chinese miners were killed in mining accidents last year. Independent watchdog groups estimated the real number to be as high as 20,000.

Major toxic chemical tank explosion at a chemistry plant in Jiangsu Province

On the morning of December 1, 2005, an explosion and tank fire took place at the Jiangdu City Chemistry Plant in Jiangsu Province. The tank was holding eight tons of propylene nitrite liquid, a severely toxic chemical.

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