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12:28 PM on 05/28/2012
Wow.... the whole town has central(ia) heat.
12:27 PM on 05/28/2012
There is a a place in Almy Wyoming that still burns from a coal mine that killed several men in the early 1900's. In winter the land is bare and you can see steam rising from the ground. The land isn't usable but is off a secondary highway so you drive by it while going into Evanston. By the way there is very little vegetation on that piece of land. Only the toughest of scrub brush.
12:27 PM on 05/28/2012
Only the dark one opens & closes the door ..
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rexy640421
03:18 PM on 05/28/2012
what.
11:29 AM on 05/29/2012
Gooooooogle it
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12:16 PM on 05/28/2012
this is one example that towns in flood plains shoul follow instead of rebuiling in a area thye know is going to flood over and over and over again costing everyone trillions in tax monies over and over again to rebuild, sort of like mississippi,new orleans,even the town where my family is from was moved to get it up out of the flood zone.this saves the small town 100's of millions in flood claims just about every year. now when it floods all they have to do is clean up a few highways and some streets instead of rebuilding scholls ,homes,businesses. anyway if it saves lives then move them,but pay them a fair settlement so thay can start over.
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JoltBillRandal
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12:26 PM on 05/28/2012
What has an underground coal fire got to do with flooding? PA is in the Apalaitchens.(sp) Mining areas there are not known to be flood prone.
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ladkraemer
01:48 PM on 05/28/2012
What he is saying, the government shouldn't allow people to rebuild in Known disaster areas... Also PA had one of the worst floods ever caused by the coal companies. At this point I know what you are saying and they should have no claim on anyone if they die because of them wanting to live there, including life insurance if the death is cause by living there. At this point they are taking their own lives in their own hands.
10:58 PM on 05/28/2012
The correct spelling is Appalachian -- just so you know.

P.S. -- I live only a few miles away from the town of Centralia. We do have some flood prone areas, but I don't think it has anything to do with the mines. Actually, we are in more danger of mine subsidence in our towns because of all the abandoned underground mines.
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JoltBillRandal
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12:12 PM on 05/28/2012
More than 60 years ago, 'Old Company Leehy', an anthricite (hard coal) mining and sales company used the fact that, twenty-five years before THAT, a fire had started in one of their mines, and had never been put out, in their advertising. They claimed it supported their claim of 'Longer Burning, More Even Heat'. I wonder if THAT one is still burning? It, too was on Pennsylvania

Leehy trade marked their coal with red and white paper discs, then later with red chalk dust in water, sprayed on, (paper was scarse in WWII) while Blue Coal sprayed theirs with blue chalk powder in water.
11:01 PM on 05/28/2012
In the interest of correct spelling, the company to which you refer is Lehigh (not "Leehy"); the hard coal is anthracite; and paper was scarce.
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JoltBillRandal
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12:29 PM on 05/29/2012
Thank you. Of course, I knew all of that, but my head was not working too well yesterday.

Am I the only one who remembers the commercials of Yesteryear?
12:03 PM on 05/28/2012
Why doesn't somebody figure out how to harness all that energy using geothermal or steam systems instead of waste all of it?
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01:13 PM on 05/28/2012
What energy would that be?
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02:07 PM on 05/28/2012
Thermal (heat) energy !!! :-)
07:01 PM on 05/28/2012
Perhaps we could run steam turbines or engines from that and generate electricity for nearby towns.
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12:01 PM on 05/28/2012
Humn, a fire down under, sounds like another place to me.
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rav1267
Hare Krishna
11:56 AM on 05/28/2012
The courage of those people, for living basically above a time bomb
12:26 PM on 05/28/2012
stupidity* not courage
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rav1267
Hare Krishna
07:18 PM on 05/28/2012
That too
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LivelyLexie
Don't panic.
12:42 PM on 05/28/2012
Courage, insanity or stubbornness - I don't know which it is.
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Pringle62
01:43 PM on 05/28/2012
I think the word is crazy!
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rav1267
Hare Krishna
07:17 PM on 05/28/2012
Probably all three you mention
11:53 AM on 05/28/2012
Well, you know where Silent Hill is said to be? Centralia, Penn State. I wanna see Pyramid Head now.
11:46 AM on 05/28/2012
Something really stinks,and it isn`t coal smoke.
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twoshoes4u
11:45 AM on 05/28/2012
There is corporate money to be made there and taxes to be collected. I'm not hearing about any relocation plan and cash payout for houses they want to snatch. Leave these souls alone!
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01:15 PM on 05/28/2012
So you think that they should be allowed to burn to death if the fire breaks thru to the surface or slowly strangle from the poisonous gasses that are there as a result of the fires?
That fire can and will smolder for years and years, almost unlimited supply of fuel to feed it.
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twoshoes4u
03:02 PM on 05/28/2012
I think it is THEIR decision alone. Go "save" Africa!
11:42 AM on 05/28/2012
I'd like to go see this town, how can I get mapquest to give me directions there when it has no zip code?
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Michael Shepdog
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12:13 PM on 05/28/2012
Centralia is located in Schuylkill County
Local Time: 11:12 AM EDT
Weather: 75°F and mostly sunny
Area Code: 570


Get Directions From your spot in America. I got this on the internet.
Was there in the late 80s. I remember two things was grey the sky and the stink.
Like buring rubber or if you know what a trash fire smells like.
Enjoy
01:32 PM on 05/28/2012
I thought it was in Columbia county? I saw a picture of the old municipal building and it said "Centralia, Columbia Co."
11:10 PM on 05/28/2012
No, it is not in Schuylkill County. It is located in Columbia County, just over the Schuylkill County line. As you will see in my reply to remanlegion89, Centralia is not far from Ashland, Mount Carmel, and Aristes. It is also fairly close to Elysburg, where Knoebel's Amusement Resort is located.

I live a few miles from Centralia, in Girardville, in Schuylkill County.
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JoltBillRandal
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12:28 PM on 05/28/2012
Find a nearby town, and explore.
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11:40 AM on 05/28/2012
Makes you wonder why they can't figure out a way to creat electricity from it if they can't put it out. This is a heat pump on a galactic scale.
11:40 AM on 05/28/2012
I lived in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania and my Dad was a coal miner. When they made the decision to shut down the coal mine many in this small community moved away to find jobs elsewhere. I can recall, even though I was just 9 years old, the sadness and grief that enveloped these people who loved their neighbors. All were family there and the idea of needing to move away from friends and family they loved was very hard indeed. Especially for the people who found jobs in a big city like Cleveland, Ohio. We all hated it there, it was nothing at all like the small community of Benscreek, Pennsylvania. So I do feel very deeply for these last few remaining occupants of Centrailia. I know how hard it was to be forced to move out of the place you loved.
12:55 PM on 05/28/2012
The best thing I did 33 years ago ...was to move out of the coal town...No regrets...Those who are stubborn are missing the blessing of breathing the fresh air in the world not to far away from that forsaken place... Its not worth staying.
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Susan Hoban Torres
welcome to my nightmare
11:46 AM on 05/29/2012
I moved out of Schuylkill County as soon as I could. It is a lovely part of the country but coal is filthy and nasty. When there is snow and/or slush it turns black or gray from the coal dust that hangs over everything. When I hear that coal is "clean energy" I want to scream...it is the hugest lie!!! My family is still there in that little dying town and I cannot convince them life is so much better outside that area.
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lionfig
11:36 AM on 05/28/2012
It wasn't the EPA or the federal government that started the fire but the local yokels volunteer fire dept. that for some reason was burning the trash at the dump that was on the site of an abandon coal mining pit. Looks like the old coal mining company forgot the seal up the mine openings properly.