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The Centralia mine fire is a coalseam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia Pennsylvania United States since at least May 27 1962 The fire is suspected to be from deliberate burning of trash in a former strip mine igniting a coal seam The fire is burning in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an 8mile stretch of 3700 acres At its current rate it could

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  • This Mine Fire Has Been Burning For Over 50 Years  HISTORY

    This Mine Fire Has Been Burning For Over 50 Years HISTORY

    Jun 12 2018 · Centralia Pennsylvania was once a bustling mining center but a hidden underground fire has turned it into a smoldering ghost town

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  • Pictures Centralia Mine Fire at 50 Still Burns With Meaning

    Pictures Centralia Mine Fire at 50 Still Burns With Meaning

    Jan 10 2013 · The worst US mine fire in Centralia Pennsylvania passed its 50year mark last year As coalpowered development spreads globally so does the risk of underground fire

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  • Centralia Mine Fire Pennsylvania Ghost Town on Fire After

    Centralia Mine Fire Pennsylvania Ghost Town on Fire After

    Nov 15 2019 · Coal burns very slowly and for a long time The simple combination of oxygen carbon a coal fire In this case the air coming from outside the tunnels the carbon found in coal and the mass quantity of carbon in multiple abandoned coal mines was keeping the underground fire alive The fire spread almost as soon as it began

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  • State works to extinguish longtime underground mine fire

    State works to extinguish longtime underground mine fire

    The fire has been burning for four or five decades in a coal mine that was abandoned in 1914 in the Renton area of the borough The fire has been burning for four or five decades in a coal mine

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  • This Abandoned Pennsylvania Town Has Been On Fire For 53

    This Abandoned Pennsylvania Town Has Been On Fire For 53

    Jan 09 2017 · It started with a fire intentionally set to burn out a landfill before Labor Day in 1962 the problem was that the landfill was also an old stripmine pit connected to a maze of abandoned underground mining tunnels full of coal

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  • The Worlds Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning For

    The Worlds Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning For

    If youve heard of underground coal fires then youve probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia Pennsylvania since 1962 Fiftytwo years is a long timeand a lot of

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  • The Underground Coal Fire That’s Been Burning for 53 Years

    The Underground Coal Fire That’s Been Burning for 53 Years

    On May 27 1962 a fire was ignited that eventually reached an underground seam of coal in the centralPennsylvania borough of Centralia It is believed that the fire was started deliberately under the direction of the local town council as part of a cleanup effort aimed at ridding the community of an illegal dumping site near the entrance of an abandoned strip mine

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  • Centralia Pennsylvania  Wikipedia

    Centralia Pennsylvania Wikipedia

    The 1982 PBS documentary Centralia Mine Fire contains interviews with residents and relates the story of the mine fire 45 The 1987 film Made in USA opens in Centralia and the surrounding coal region of Pennsylvania

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  • Centralia Mine Fire Devastation from Underground

    Centralia Mine Fire Devastation from Underground

    Nov 28 2018 · Centralia Mine Fire Devastation from Underground In 1890 the coal mining town of Centralia Pennsylvania was home to more than 2800 people Just like in any other town rows of houses lined the streets townsfolk had barbecues in their backyards and everyone put up Christmas decorations during December

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  • Centralia Pennsylvania How an underground mine fire

    Centralia Pennsylvania How an underground mine fire

    Theres little left of Centralia Pennsylvania but assorted litter the leftbehind art of passing through and vast stretches of empty land as a decadesold underground mine fire continues to

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  • State works to extinguish longtime underground mine fire

    State works to extinguish longtime underground mine fire

    The fire has been burning for four or five decades in a coal mine that was abandoned in 1914 in the Renton area of the borough The fire has been burning for four or five decades in a coal mine

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  • US town abandoned due to 1962 underground fire that

    US town abandoned due to 1962 underground fire that

    Jul 28 2018 · The mine shafts acted as a draw that fed the fire with air Four days later new fires were spotted and put out close to the landfill Within a few weeks the fire was burning all through the maze of mining tunnels underneath the town A small part of the Centralia mine fire as it appeared after being exposed during an excavation in 1969

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  • Centralia PA Mine Fire  Coal Burning underground Homes

    Centralia PA Mine Fire Coal Burning underground Homes

    A Pennsylvania community consumed by an underground mine fire If you were driving north on route 61 in the heart of the Anthracite coal region in Pennsylvania in recent years you may have come across a detour of 61 at the top of a hill in a community called Ashland

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  • 5 Places That Are Still On Fire  Mental Floss

    5 Places That Are Still On Fire Mental Floss

    Sep 24 2013 · Coalrich Pennsylvania has endured plenty of coal seam fires but most eventually are extinguished or burn themselves out Not so in the town of Centralia Deep mining left

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  • Centralia Mine Fire Centralia Pennsylvania

    Centralia Mine Fire Centralia Pennsylvania

    No one knows exactly how it started but a coal vein has been burning under the Pennsylvania mining town of Centralia since 1962 Some trace it back to careless trash incineration in a landfill next to an open pit mine which ignited a coal vein

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  • Centralia PA  the Ghost Town Thats Still on Fire

    Centralia PA the Ghost Town Thats Still on Fire

    The only problem is that Centralia had been a major coal mining area in the past and the landfill was located on top of an old coal mine They set the fire on May 25th Using hoses they sprayed the flames to keep the fire under control and they waited for the smoldering trash to burn itself out

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  • The Underground Coal Fire That’s Been Burning for 53

    The Underground Coal Fire That’s Been Burning for 53

    On May 27 1962 a fire was ignited that eventually reached an underground seam of coal in the centralPennsylvania borough of Centralia It is believed that the fire was started deliberately under the direction of the local town council as part of a cleanup effort aimed at ridding the community of an illegal dumping site near the entrance of an abandoned strip mine

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  • Massive Underground Coal Fire Started in 1962 Still Burns

    Massive Underground Coal Fire Started in 1962 Still Burns

    Dec 07 2009 · Massive Underground Coal Fire Started in 1962 Still Burns Today You may have already heard the story of Centralia PA a coal mining town that had Related Content on

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  • Pennsylvania puts 14m towards extinguishing yearsold

    Pennsylvania puts 14m towards extinguishing yearsold

    Aug 22 2014 · A yearsold fire may sound extraordinary but underground longburning fires are relatively common in the state thanks to Pennsylvania’s abundance of

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  • Fire in the Hole  Science  Smithsonian

    Fire in the Hole Science Smithsonian

    Fortythree years ago a vast honeycomb of coal mines at the edge of the town caught fire An underground inferno has been spreading ever since burning at depths of up to 300 feet baking surface

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  • Coal mines in Centralia Pennsylvania have been burning

    Coal mines in Centralia Pennsylvania have been burning

    In the 1800s miners in Centralia blasted tunnels underground to harvest the coal but by the mid1900s many of the mines where abandoned No one knows exactly how the Centralia fire started but

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  • Fire Underground The Ongoing Tragedy Of The Centralia

    Fire Underground The Ongoing Tragedy Of The Centralia

    The reason an underground fire that has burned since 1962 in the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia making parts of the town uninhabitable By 1981 the fire was sending deadly gases into homes making children sick and one day a twelveyearold boy dropped into a steaming hole and almost died as a US congressman toured nearby

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  • Pennsylvania mine fire still burning after 56 years

    Pennsylvania mine fire still burning after 56 years

    May 27 2018 · On May 27 1962 a dump fire in Centralia Pennsylvania ignited a blaze in underground coal deposits Now 56 years later its still burning and some estimates say it may burn for 250 years

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  • US town abandoned due to 1962 underground fire that

    US town abandoned due to 1962 underground fire that

    Jul 28 2018 · Or so they thought The fire continued to smolder below ground slowly spreading through the coal seam The mine shafts acted as a draw that fed the fire with air Four days later new fires were spotted and put out close to the landfill Within a few weeks the fire was burning all through the maze of mining tunnels underneath the town

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  • Fire Underground The Ongoing Tragedy Of The Centralia

    Fire Underground The Ongoing Tragedy Of The Centralia

    The reason an underground fire that has burned since 1962 in the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia making parts of the town uninhabitable By 1981 the fire was sending deadly gases into homes making children sick and one day a twelveyearold boy dropped into a steaming hole and almost died as a US congressman toured nearby

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  • CASE STUDY 11 CENTRALIA PA UNDERGROUND

    CASE STUDY 11 CENTRALIA PA UNDERGROUND

    Pennsylvania Department of Mines which had jurisdiction over the old workings By midJuly there certainly was an underground coal fire The fire had plenty of fuel not only the coal itself but the old wooden gallery supports and air reached it readily through all the old abandoned galleries

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  • Why cant the coal mine fire in Centralia PA be

    Why cant the coal mine fire in Centralia PA be

    The caves and tunnels are on fire stretching for unmapped miles underground This is nothing Centralia has been burning for half a century Burning Mountain in Australia has been smoldering for six thousand years You cant extinguish a fire th

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  • So where are these mine fires  Fife  Drum

    So where are these mine fires Fife Drum

    There are other places in Pennsylvania and around the world where underground coal fires burn Pennsylvania has over 250000 acres of abandoned mine lands and has 13 of the nations mine problems There are over 45 mine fires burning across Pennsylvania

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  • Centralia Pennsylvania Photography  Underground Mine

    Centralia Pennsylvania Photography Underground Mine

    Then it was discovered to the horror of the town that the fire actually had continued underground through an opening into the coal mines that criscrossed under the streets of Centralia PA Soon after the fire was reported to have moved under ground the first bid to extinguish the fire was 175

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