Image: A candlelight vigil for six local coal miners
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People light candles at a vigil for six trapped miners in Crandall Canyon mine in Emery County, Utah, on Aug. 10, 2007. The six miners and three rescuers were killed in collapses at the site owned by a subsidiary of Murray Energy.
updated 4/6/2010 10:40:54 AM ET 2010-04-06T14:40:54

A huge underground explosion killed 25 coal miners in Montcoal, W. Va., on Monday, in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades.  Following is a list of other fatal mine disasters in the United States:

  • 2007: Six miners, three rescuers killed in collapses at the Crandall Canyon mine in Emery County, Utah, owned by a subsidiary of Murray Energy.
  • 2006: 12 killed in a methane explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia owned by International Coal Group.
  • 2006: Five killed in an explosion at the Kentucky Darby No. 1 Mine in Harlan County, Ky.
  • 2001: 13 killed in explosions at a Jim Walter Resources Inc. mine in Brookwood, Ala.
  • 1992: Eight killed in an explosion at a Southmountain Coal Co. mine in Norton, Va.
  • 1989: 10 killed in an explosion at a Pyro Mining Co. mine in Wheatcroft, Ky.
  • 1986: Five killed when a coal pile collapses at Consolidation Coal Co.'s mine in Fairview, W.Va.
  • 1984: 27 killed by a fire at Emery Mining Corp.'s mine in Orangeville, Utah.
  • 1976: 26 killed by explosion at Scotia Mine, Blue Diamond Coal Co., Oven Fork, Ky.
  • 1972: 91 killed by smoke inhalation and/or carbon monoxide poisoning at Sunshine Mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho.
  • 1970: 38 killed by explosion at Finley Coal Co., Hyden, Ky.

The nation's single deadliest mining disaster was in 1907, when 362 were killed in an explosion near Monongah, W.Va.

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