Marking of the 30th Anniversary of the Tragedy in the Mine “Kreka”


The mines “Kreka” from Tuzla will mark the 30thanniversary of the mine accident that happened on August 26th 1990 in the cave “Dobrnja-South” where 180 miners died.

The delegation of the mine “Kreka” will give honour to the miners killed in the accident and lay flowers on the memorial in Mramor.

The accident occurred in the Dobrnja-jug shaft of the Mramor coal mine. The mine was operated by the Kreka company, which operates three other mines in the area. All of the coal mined in the region is used to power the Tuzla thermoelectric power plant.

The Dobrnja-jug disaster was the worst mining and industrial accident in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 180 miners were killed.

Between 01:20 and 01:30 a.m. on 26 August 1990 a methane gas explosion 1,800 feet below the surface caused a cave-in which buried the entire third shift who were near the site of the explosion. All 180 miners working in the shaft were killed. One miner, who operated the machinery which brought the lignite to the surface was the sole survivor.

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