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Aberfan disaster

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Aberfan disaster

Coventry Red Cross Volunteers leave for Aberfan, Wales, Tuesday 25th October 1966. The Aberfan disaster was a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip that occurred in the Welsh village of Aberfan on Friday 21 October 1966, killing 116 children and 28 adults.The events of Friday, 21 October 1966
Tip no. 7, which was 500 feet above the village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, started to slide at 9.15 am. It was the last day before half-term at the Pantglas schools below. It first hit a farm, killing everybody in it. Then it engulfed Pantglas Junior School, killing 109 children and five teachers. Only a handful of the children aged between seven and ten survived. The tip comprised colliery waste, liquefied by the springs underneath. The liquefied flow slide of about 100, 000 tons of slurry lost energy and solidified again after hitting the school and neighbouring houses. A total of 144 people died. 116 children and 28 adults

Coventry Telegraph Archive
Mirrorpix
Coventry
West Midlands
England
25th October 1966

Media ID 38842427

© Mirrorpix

1960s


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