The fire down below.


When an underground seam of coal catches fire, the effects can be felt for decades. In Centralia, Pennsylvania, the fire started in 1962 and is still burning! The town was completely evacuated in 1984. See lots of pictures, video, and more information at Fogonazos. Link

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The Daily Show did a bit a few years ago where one of their correspondents interviewed people in the town and it included footage of the split street similar to the pics after the link.
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Used to live in Philadelphia and have visited Centralia. It's mostly dead but there are still residents there. There was even a direct road through the now completely burned-out areas, but that's been blocked off and the road itself fell into disrepair due to not being maintained for a long time. The entire area definitely felt warmer and you could find hot pockets of escaping steam in quite a few locations. One of the spots we investigated was seared white from the heat and you could see the direction the underground fire was going towards. Large boulders slowly crack and fragment into smaller rocks due to the intense heat escaping from below... tree branches and trunks that have died littered the area, and like I said before, EVERYTHING is white. Bleached white. If you happened to find a branch near an escape vent for the steam/heat, you'd notice that the bark was copperised. Steam carried up metals (in this case, copper) from below that deposited onto the branches. Gives you an idea of how hot the underground fire has burned. I even took the time to stand up on a pile of rocks to piss onto one of the escape vents. My urine was evaporating just before it could splatter onto the rocks. My shoes partially melted (even though I was on a "cooler" spot of the pile) because I had stood there long enough before I was finished.
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According to a recent photo essay in Smithsonian magazine last year, the town is *not* completely evacuated. Many residents chose not to accept the government buyout, and they still live there.

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One of our colleagues is from around there, and says Residents are still living there and fought the government's buyout attempt

Many people or their children are planning to return in 2016 to open the 50th anniversary 1966 time capsule in veterans' memorial.

This all started from just one trash fire.
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