Xiaojiawan coal mine disaster

The Xiaojiawan coal mine disaster was a mining accident which happened on 29 August 2012 at the Xiaojiawan coal mine (Chinese: 肖家湾煤矿), located in Panzhihua in Sichuan Province, China. It was the deadliest mine accident since the 2009 Heilongjiang mine explosion. As a result of a gas explosion in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, at least 46 miners were killed.[1] 51 were sent to hospital with seven in critical condition.[2] It was reported that 16 miners died from carbon monoxide poisoning, while three others died in hospital.[3]

Xiaojiawan coal mine disaster
DateAugust 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
Time18:00 CST
LocationPanzhihua, Sichuan, China
Deaths46 dead

At the moment of explosion there were 154 miners working at the mine.[3] The shaft of the mine was severely destroyed.[4] As of 30 August 2012, more than 300 rescuers have taken part in the rescue operation.[4] Rescue operations are complicated due to high temperatures reaching 90 °C (194 °F).[4][2]

The Xiaojiawan coal mine is an integrated coal mine with an annual output of 90,000 metric tons (89,000 long tons; 99,000 short tons) of coal. Its trial run started in March 2011. In December 2011, it gained a safety license.[5] The mine is owned by Zhengjin Industry and Trade Co. Ltd. Three owners of the mine were detained for investigation.[4][3]

See also



  1. ^ 攀枝花矿难遇难人数升至45人 尚有1人被困井下 (in Chinese). NetEase. September 2, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Ruwitch, John (30 August 2012). "At least 26 killed, 21 missing in Chinese mine blast: Xinhua". Reuters. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "19 killed in coal mine blast in southwest China". Bloomberg Businessweek. Associated Press. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Chinese Rescuers Race to Save Trapped Miners". China Radio International. Xinhua. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  5. ^ "37 miners confirmed dead in Sichuan colliery blast". Asia News Network. 31 August 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

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