Centralia - The town that was.

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Post by Sunny Boy » Thu. May. 23, 2019 11:18 pm

Here's a You Tube video documentary on the Centralia Pennsylvania mine fire that eventually destroyed the town. Interesting coal country documentary.



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Post by freetown fred » Fri. May. 24, 2019 8:34 am

Nice find Paul, thank you!! :) Really sad!!

 
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Post by 11ultra103 » Tue. Feb. 18, 2020 2:56 pm

Ive been to Centralia 100 times and have never seen the ground smoking. Ive seen the destroyed section of route 61. Honestly doesn't look much different than the rest of the roads in Pennsylvania with pot holes and sink holes. I think the fire has moved pretty far underground or its moving farther east or west along the seam. There are strip mines on either side of Centralia so we will find the fire sooner or later


 
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Post by Retro_Origin » Sat. Feb. 05, 2022 9:09 am

11ultra103 wrote:
Tue. Feb. 18, 2020 2:56 pm
Ive been to Centralia 100 times and have never seen the ground smoking. Ive seen the destroyed section of route 61. Honestly doesn't look much different than the rest of the roads in Pennsylvania with pot holes and sink holes. I think the fire has moved pretty far underground or its moving farther east or west along the seam. There are strip mines on either side of Centralia so we will find the fire sooner or later
I've been there a handful of times and concur, unfortunately some people lead on like it's a flaming inferno from some Jules Verne novel. On a rainy day there is a mist, but it's not smoke like you would think. Recently I think they covered the entire old highway with dirt because there were large 'covid swaps' going on there (ie, teens in lockdown were hanging out there about a year ago) I haven't been up to verify whether that actually happened.

 
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Post by gardener » Wed. Mar. 09, 2022 10:16 am

Thought this was interesting, they mention Centralia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal#Underground_fires
Thousands of coal fires are burning around the world.
Coal fires in China burn an estimated 120 million tons of coal a year,
The Australian Burning Mountain was originally believed to be a volcano, but the smoke and ash come from a coal fire that has been burning for some 6,000 years.
Where is Al Gore when you need him?!

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