From USMRA  http://www.usmra.com/saxsewell/historical.htm

Metal and Nonmetal Mines

see also - Metal and Nonmetal Mine Fatalities: 1900-2010

All accidents with five or more fatalities, since 1970:

Year Day Mine Location Type Deaths Planets
1979 06/08 Belle Isle Mine, Cargill, Inc. (salt) St. Mary Parish, Franklin, LA Explosion 5  
1972 05/02 Sunshine Mine, Sunshine Mining Co. (silver) Shoshone County, Kellogg, ID Fire 91  
1971 04/12 Barnett Complex, Ozark-Mahoning Co. (fluorspar) Pope County, Rosiclair, IL H2S Poisoning 7  


The five worst metal and nonmetal mine disasters, since 1940:

Year Day Mine Location Type Deaths Planets
1972 05/02 Sunshine Mine (silver) Kellogg, ID Fire 91  
1968 03/05 Belle Isle Mine (salt) Franklin, LA Fire 21  
1963 08/27 Cane Creek Mine (potash) Moab, UT Explosion 18  
1943 01/05 Boyd Mine (copper) Ducktown, TN Explosion 9  
1942 03/26 Sandts Eddy Quarry (limestone) Allentown, PA Explosion (surface) 31  


The three worst metal and nonmetal mine disasters in U.S. history:

Year Day Mine Location Type Deaths Planets
1972 05/02 Sunshine Mine (silver) Kellogg, ID Fire 91  
1926 11/03 Barnes Hecker Mine (iron) Ishpeming, MI Flood 51  
1917 06/08 Granite Mountain Shaft (copper) Butte, MT Fire 163  

 

Thoughts and prayers to the miners, their families, and the rescuers.

This is a huge tragedy.