Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906


(GERMANY OUT) Das Grubenunglück vom 10.03.1906 im Kohlebergwerk der Compagnie de Courrières im nordfranzösischen Kohlerevier in der Nähe der Stadt Lens:- Überführung der Leichen zur Einsegnungin die Kapelle.- 10.-17.03.1906 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

One of the worst mining tragedies in history, the explosion that sent fire through the Courrières mine tunnels claimed more than a thousand lives. It also created awareness of dangerous issues in mines that hadn't received much focus up to that point.

A procession transfers bodies from the Courrieres mine disaster. (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: explosions, labor, 20th century, French history, industrialization, France, disasters, European history, mining