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03/05/1887 Nanaimo mine explosion kills 150 miners

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Nanaimo's Coal Mining History

The explosion in the Nanaimo mine, located in British Columbia, started deep underground in the Number One Coal Mine after explosives were laid improperly. Many miners we killed instantly, but others were trapped by the explosion. These men wrote farewell messages in the dust of their shovels. Nearly 150 children lost their fathers and 46 women became widows.