Gob-water is a serious hazard in Chinese coalmines. Such inrushes have caused more than 80% of the coalmine water accidents recorded in recent years. This study is based on reviews of past gob-water hazard cases in China. Six inrush patterns are suggested, caused by gobs exposed by tunneling, channeled by faults, or fissure or caving zone channeling, damage to or collapse of water-resistant coal pillars and multi-factor interactions. The results are of relevance in all coal-producing countries wishing to contain and treat gob-water hazards.

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