The Aberfan Disaster Plays a Big Role in The Crown Season 3 - Here's What Happened

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Season three of Netflix's The Crown depicts one of the 20th century's most horrific disasters and Queen Elizabeth's reaction to it. On Oct. 21, the Aberfan disaster occurred in the early hours of the morning, taking the lives of 144 residents of the small town in Wales - 116 of the victims were children between the ages of 3 months and 14 years old.

Aberfan was a small mining village that still employed a large number of coal miners in 1966. With the production of coal comes waste, and the waste from the local mine was dumped in areas known as tips that were situated in the peaks above the town. Per the BBC, by 1966, the seventh tip, one that was situated above Pantlas Junior School, was "111 feet high and contained nearly 300,000 cubic yards of waste." The combination of heavy rainfalls and a natural spring beneath the waste led to the tip collapsing into an
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