The Fire down below
November 25, 2009 2:52 PM Subscribe
Centralia Pennsylvania : Since 1962 Centralia has stood on top of a coal mine fire, the origin of which was likely a trash fire started by firemen in an effort to clean up the local landfill. In 1962 over 1000 people lived there, in 2007 there where nine. Most residents accepted Pennsylvania's buyout and relocation offer initiated in 1985 and funded to the tune of $42 million dollars by the US Congress. Houses where bulldozed and today fields, cemeteries and new growth forrest are primarily what is left, a temporary bypass to Route 61 was made permanent when giant mounds of dirt where used to block either end from entering or leaving Centralia. It is estimated that these fires will burn for over 250 more years, although some speculate that it may spread and burn a lot longer eventually encompassing several more towns (such as Byrnesville, Pennsylvania already a casualty). Globally there are thousands of underground coal fires, some man made, some (Burning Mountain in Australia going for 5500 years) natural.
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