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« Reply #120 on: June 27, 2009, 12:05:25 am »

Remains of a Sofa
Centralia, Pennsylvania


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« Reply #121 on: June 27, 2009, 12:06:53 am »

Stretch of Highway in Centralia

Flickr photographer "divinemisscopa" wrote the following about her photograph below: "Here you can see a large crevice in a stretch of highway, now abandoned, leading to Centralia, PA. There was smoke rising from the center of the crack, however, it was difficult to capture it in this photograph. I woke up this morning with a sore throat, undoubtably caused by sucking in this stuff for an hour or so yesterday."

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« Reply #122 on: June 27, 2009, 12:07:07 am »

Stretch of Highway in Centralia

Flickr photographer "divinemisscopa" wrote the following about her photograph below: "Here you can see a large crevice in a stretch of highway, now abandoned, leading to Centralia, PA. There was smoke rising from the center of the crack, however, it was difficult to capture it in this photograph. I woke up this morning with a sore throat, undoubtably caused by sucking in this stuff for an hour or so yesterday."

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« Reply #123 on: June 27, 2009, 12:09:50 am »

Smoke wafts from a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) monitoring hole in Centralia, Pennsylvania.

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« Reply #124 on: June 27, 2009, 12:10:46 am »

"Panoramic view of [what was] Route 61 through Centralia, Pennsylvania

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« Reply #125 on: June 27, 2009, 12:11:44 am »

Cinder Block Shrine
Brynesville, Pennsylvania

The town of Centralia has been devastated. The neighboring village of Brynesville has also been abandoned because of fire. The last home there was demolished in 1996. All that exists now in Brynesville are the ruins of the coal miner's washhouse and this shrine, made of cinder blocks and old bathtubs.(See photo below)
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« Reply #126 on: June 27, 2009, 12:14:16 am »

Why Did It Get So Out of Control?
How Could This Happen?

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"One theory asserts that in May 1962, Centralia Borough Council hired five members of the volunteer fire company to clean up the town landfill, located in an abandoned strip mine pit next to the Odd Fellows Cemetery. This had been done prior to Memorial Day in previous years, when the landfill was in a different location. The firefighters, as they had in the past, set the dump on fire, and let it burn for a time. Unlike in previous years, however, the fire was not extinguished."

"The fire remained burning underground and spread through a hole in the rock pit into the abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia. Attempts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful and it continued to burn throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Adverse health effects were reported by several people due to the byproducts of the fire, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and lack of healthy oxygen levels."

"In 1979, locals became aware of the scale of the problem when a gas-station owner and then mayor, John Coddington, inserted a stick into one of his underground tanks to check the fuel level. When he withdrew it, it seemed hot, so he lowered a thermometer down on a string and was shocked to discover that the temperature of the gasoline in the tank was 172 °F (77.8 °C). Statewide attention to the fire began to increase, culminating in 1981 when 12-year-old resident Todd Domboski fell into a subsidence four feet wide by 150 feet (46 m) deep that suddenly opened beneath his feet in a backyard."

"In 1984, Congress allocated more than $42 million for relocation efforts. Most of the residents accepted buyout offers and moved to the nearby communities of Mount Carmel and Ashland. A few families opted to stay despite warnings from state officials."

"In 1992, Pennsylvania claimed eminent domain on all properties in the borough, condemning all the buildings within. A subsequent legal effort by residents to have the decision reversed failed. In 2002, the United States Postal Service revoked Centralia's ZIP Code, 17927."

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« Reply #127 on: June 27, 2009, 12:20:00 am »

In 1962, a little fire in Centralia (Pennsylvania) migrated into an exposed vein of anthracite coal under the town. The flames on the surface were successfully extinguished, but the coal continued to burn underground for many years, so that in 1984 the fire was completely out of control and the city had to be evacuated.



Nowadays, Centralia is an abandoned and ghostly place. The fire still burns beneath the town and there is enough coal to feed the fire for up to 250 years.

http://fogonazos.blogspot.com/2007/03/centralia-mouth-of-hell.html
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« Reply #128 on: July 31, 2010, 06:30:45 pm »



A small part of the Centralia mine fire as it appeared after being exposed during an excavation in 1969
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« Reply #129 on: July 31, 2010, 06:32:03 pm »



Smoke rising from the ground in Centralia, Pennsylvania, site of an underground coal seam fire.
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« Reply #130 on: July 31, 2010, 06:34:53 pm »



A plume of smoke wafts from the ground in Centralia, Pennsylvania, site of an underground coal seam fire.
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