The Aberfan Disaster

The scene at Aberfan, Wales, after a coal tip slid onto Pantglas Junior School and adjacent homes, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Photo by PA Images via Getty Images

In 1966, a mining disaster in Aberfan, Wales, killed 144 people. It was a completely preventable tragedy, but none of the victims were in the mine itself, and 116 of them were children.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, disasters, British history