Mina Rosita Vieja disaster

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The Mina Rosita Vieja disaster occurred on February 27, 1908, when a huge early-morning explosion rocked the Rosita Vieja Coal Mine near the town of San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila.

The explosion led to the deaths of 200 miners in shaft No. 2. The blast just before six a.m. on the 27th, at the shift change, was thought to be caused by firedamp. Most of those killed were Japanese immigrant laborers.[1]

This event remains the most deadly coal mine disaster in Mexican history, followed by the Mina de Barroterán coal mine disaster of 1969.[2]


  1. ^ "16 Bodies are Taken From Rosita Mine". San Antonio Daily Express. 29 Feb 1908. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Christopher G. Morris, Cutler J. Cleveland (15 Nov 2013). Handbook of Energy: Chronologies, Top Ten Lists, and Word Clouds. Elsevier. p. 585. Retrieved 15 July 2016.