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Google Earth Plug-in: Aberfan Disaster - Wales 1966 - additional overlays

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At approximately 9.15am on Friday 21st October 1966, Merthyr Vale colliery tip situated on the mountainside overlooking the village of Aberfan in South Wales, slipped and descended on Pantglas Junior School like an avalanche, destroying both the school and 20 nearby houses in its path, and rendering other houses in the vicinity unsafe for habitation. Half a million tonnes of coal waste in a tidal wave 40 feet high hit the village. The school was in session; it being the last day before half term week. 144 children and adults died – 116 were schoolchildren. Half of all the children at Pantglas Junior School were killed together with 5 of their teachers.

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