The Honkeiko colliery
was in Manchuria
. On April 26, 1942, a coal dust explosion
killed 1,549 miners. The Honkeiko
colliery disaster is the worst mining disaster ever recorded, giving China a dubious
entry in the Guinness World Records
For comparison, the worst recorded mining disaster in Europe took 1,060 lives (occured in 1906 in Courrieres, France), making it the second worst. The third worst took 447 lives.