SO0600 : Aberfan Memorial Garden

taken 6 years ago, near to Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil/Merthyr Tudful, Great Britain

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Aberfan Memorial Garden
Aberfan Memorial Garden
The plaque reads: 'This tree was planted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on may 9th 1997'. The memorial garden has been laid out on the site of Pantglas Junior School, destroyed by a colliery tip in 1966.
Aberfan disaster
Aberfan was the site of one of the worst ever peacetime disasters to occur in the UK. On the morning of 21 October 1966 a tip, where waste from Merthyr Vale Colliery was heaped up, slid down onto Pantglas Junior School destroying most of the school as well as a farm and twenty houses. Children in the school had just left their morning assembly when an avalanche of half a million tonnes of waste debris crashed in to the classrooms. 116 children aged 7-10 were killed out of a total death toll of 144. The subsequent inquiry firmly blamed the National Coal Board, which owned and managed the colliery; the tip, which covered several springs, was known to be unstable - there had been slides before - and prior to the day of the disaster there had been a prolonged period of rain.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 24 March, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 0696 0043 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:41.6929N 3:20.8515W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 0697 0042
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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