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City of Nanaimo Flags Lowered To Half Mast In Memory Of The No. 1 Esplanade Coal Mine Disaster of 1887

134 years ago on May 3, 1887 shortly after 6 pm two explosions occurred in the No. 1 Esplanade Mine that killed 150 miners. The tragedy had a massive effect on Nanaimo, which was home to approximately 2,000 people. 46 women lost their husbands and 125 children lost their fathers. In 2015, Council passed a resolution to lower the flags at all City of Nanaimo facilities in their memory. This was the worst mining disaster in BC's history and second worst in Canada.

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