Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mine Disaster FAQ

PHOTO: A miner in West Virginia, 1960. Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos.

I lived in West Virginia during part of my internship in the late 1970s. I learned a lot about life in that very unique part of the Nation, including a bit about coal mining, and the culture that rises around it. This episode came to mind, as I read about the 25 workers who died in a mine explosion in Montcoal, Raleigh County, West Virginia. It is the worst mining disaster in the USA in over a quarter-century.

Slate.com provides a “Mine Disaster FAQ” for those who might find themselves in such a situation, or wonder what actions are taken by those who do.

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