Soma coal mine explosion accident


May 29, 2022

The Soma Coal Mine Explosion Accident (Turkish: 2014 Soma kömür madeni faciası) is an accident that occurred on May 13, 2014, when an explosion occurred in the basement of a coal mine in Soma, Manisa Province, Turkey. On this day, a fire started in a coal mine owned by Soma Kömur Ishletmeleri A.Ş., Turkey's largest coal producer. The fire was caused by an explosion, and it is presumed that the cause of the explosion was an electrical installation in the coal mine. The exact number of miners underground at the time was not known because a fire broke out during a work shift in the coal mine, but it is estimated that there were more than 800. At least 200 people have died in the fire. On May 17, the energy minister said that the rescue operation was completed in five days. The final death toll was 301. However, local residents and unions protested that the government had reduced the number of victims. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said to a young man at the scene of the accident, "Accidents happened and this is God's providence." The incident sparked anti-government protests across Turkey. The Soma coal mine explosion in 1992 was recorded as the worst coal mine accident that caused the worst loss of life, with more than 263 people killed in the coal mine accident at Jongguldak off the Black Sea coast.