• Short Summary

    On June 7th, round 12 o'clock noon, due to an explosion of gas, a heavy calamity occured in Kakanj, numbered among the bigger Yugoslav coal-mines, about two kilometres away from the entrance and 50 metres deep in ground, in the coal-pit named ORASI.

  • Description

    On June 7th, round 12 o'clock noon, due to an explosion of gas, a heavy calamity occured in Kakanj, numbered among the bigger Yugoslav coal-mines, about two kilometres away from the entrance and 50 metres deep in ground, in the coal-pit named ORASI.At the moment of explosion, about 180 miners were on the very spot.The rescuers arrived twenty minutes after the disastrous explosion had taken place.

    According to the latest reports, 120 miners lost their lives on that occasion.Some of them saved themselves by having run along corridors full of smoke, escaping through a hole by which fresh air is being injected into the pit.

    Those who survived are unable to say anything, for they had been hit by the explosion and thrown five or even ten metres aside, to be buried beneath the coaldust the next moment.It is supposed that the majority of victims have suffocated due to carbon-monoxide.

    This has been the second catastrophe in the coal-mine in Kakanj, a small town in the constituent Yugoslav republic of Bosnia Herzegovina.The first one occured 31 years ago, on April 21, 1934, on that occasion 127 miners lost their lives.

    There are seven miners left to be taken out of the pit.Thousands of citizens of Kakanj and the neighbouring villages are gathered in front of the mine-gate, awaiting to hear the latest sad news.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA66JLU7P55UTIIFSMBHEKUCID5
    Media URN:
    VLVA66JLU7P55UTIIFSMBHEKUCID5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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