Buffalo Creek Disaster

Buffalo Creek Disaster (HMXP8)

Location: Man, WV 25635 Logan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 45.051', W 81° 52.043'

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One of worst floods in US occurred here 26 February 1972, when Buffalo Mining Co. impoundment dam for mine waste broke, releasing over 130 million gallons of black waste water: killed 125; property losses over $50 million; and thousands left homeless. Three commissions placed blame on ignored safety practices. Led to 1973 Dam Control Act and $13.5 million class action legal settlement in 1974.
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HM NumberHMXP8
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Year Placed2005
Placed ByWV Celebration 2000, West Virginia Division of Archives and History
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 423588 N 4178526
Decimal Degrees37.75085000, -81.86738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 45.051', W 81° 52.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 45' 3.06" N, 81° 52' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10341 Main St, Man WV 25635, US
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