Distributed April 29, 2016 12:30 PM
City flags at half mast in memory of lost miners
Flags located at City of Nanaimo facilities will be lowered to half mast on Tuesday, May 3 to mark the anniversary of the coal mining disaster of 1887 that took 150 lives.
The explosions of the No. 1 Esplanade Mine are known as the worst mining disaster in British Columbia's history and second worst in Canada (the mining disaster of 1914 in Hillcrest, Alberta killed 189 miners).
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- Last year, Council passed a resolution to lower the flags at all City of Nanaimo facilities to half mast on May 3 in memory of the 150 miners killed in the Nanaimo coal mining disaster of 1887.
- On May 3, 1887, shortly before 6:00 pm, two explosions occurred in the No. 1 Esplanade Mine.