Mining polluted landscapes and, as a 1909 news report showed, 1966 was not even the first time a coal tip slipping had killed a child in Wales.

Inside the 1966 Aberfan Disaster, one of Great Britain's most tragic mining disasters, where a collapsing mountain of coal waste killed 116 school …


A day forever etched on the memory of the coalmining community of the South Wales valleys. The foundation of the disaster was laid nearly a century before, when the Merthyr Vale Colliery, a coal mine, was opened in the area. In 1966, 300,000 cubic yards of coal sludge buried a Welsh primary school, and 19 houses in Aberfan, Wales.

7493, Major Disasters at Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Quarries in the United States (Excluding Coal Mines) Historical Summary of Mine Disasters in the United States, Volume I, Coal Mines, 1810-1958 (MSHA) Historical Summary of Mine Disasters in the United States, Volume II, Coal Mines, 1959-1998 (MSHA) 1966: Coal tip buries children in Aberfan More than 130 people, mainly children, have been buried by a coal slag heap at Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Mitsui Miike Coal Mine disaster Mitsui Miike, Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan: 439: 14 October 1913 Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, Senghenydd, Wales 437: 21 January 1960 Coalbrook mining disaster, Coalbrook, South Africa 426: 6 June 1972 Wankie coal mine disaster Wankie, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe 422: 28 November 1914 New Yubari, Yūbari, Hokkaidō, Japan 405 May 17, 1965.
In November a poignant ceremony was held in the Rhondda to … It seemed to be just another Monday on the P26 coal face at Cambrian Colliery. At around quarter past nine on the morning of Friday 21 October 1966, disaster struck the coal mining village of Aberfan in South Wales. The stories of the most devastating mining disasters to ever hit Wales have been told. The Aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip at around 9:15 am on 21 October 1966. At least 85 children have been confirmed dead after the tip engulfed a school, some terraced cottages and a farm in just five minutes. Nor …

As chronicled in the horrifying episode, the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster killed 144 people, most of them children, and became a moment of public reckoning for the queen. It was one of the United Kingdom's worst tragedies, and it was a man-made disaster.

The True Story of the Aberfan Disaster The 1966 Welsh mining tragedy claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults and features heavily in the third season of Netflix’s “The Crown” As miners at Cambrian Colliery, Clydach Vale … Aberfan was a Welsh mining village founded in the late 1800s—one of many such villages that burgeoned near the Methyr Vale colliery, which began its operations in 1869. Monday 17 May marked the 45th anniversary to the day of one of Wales' most tragic coal mining disasters in recent memory. Next year, on the 50th anniversary, there will be a special event in Clydach Vale near Tonypandy to remember a tragedy. Bureau of Mines I.C. Wales had become famous for coal … On October 21, 1966, 150,000 tonnes of coal waste from a colliery spoil tip collapsed into the village of Aberfan, engulfing Pantglas Junior School and neighbouring houses. This BBC Wales Today video is from the afternoon of 17 May 1965 and features an interview with some of the mine rescue team that had just returned from the scene of the tragedy. Keith "Deek" Jones began working at the mine in 1965, aged 17, as an assistant surveyor.