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Jharia Coalfield Fire, Dhanbad (Jharkhand)

The Jharia coalfield in Jharkhand is the biggest storehouse of coking coal in the India, consisting of 23 large underground and nine large open cast mines. The mining activities in these coalfields started in 1894 and had really intensified in 1925. The history of coal-mine fire in Jharia coalfield can be traced back to 1916 when the first fire was detected. At present, more than 80 mine fires are reported from Jharia region.