On this day: May 13

POSTED: 11:30 PM MDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT May 13, 2016 

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OTD May 13 - Soma mine disaster
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2014: An explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, causes an underground fire that leave 301 people dead before it was fully extinguished on May 15. The fire began during the mine's shift change, meaning there were 787 workers underground at the time of the explosion. The accident is the worst mining accident in the 21st century so far.

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