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Monday, June 25, 2007

Underground coal fire video

I promised that I would post the video from our May trip, when we went through Centralia, PA. The coal fires have made most of the town unlivable as they burn the coal vein and the ground above caves in.

So, while we were there we looked around for the smoke. We found it right next to the cemetery. I wish I could've gotten the video while it was under the cemetery.

Anyway, thanks to Bucky, here it is.

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27 comments

Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Billy Idol?

Mon Jun 25, 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oh man, that is just surreal! It would be downright freaky beneath the cemetery! I am sadly ignorant of the coal fire situation -- they are intentionally burning the coal vein beneath the town? For what purpose? And how long do they expect it to take or is it indefinite? Gah! Can't be good, to my way of thinking.

Mon Jun 25, 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, I don't know. I'm waiting for Bucky's answer.

E, I probably should have explained. The coal fires are not on purpose. They can't put them out. They can go on, practically, forever. I just had to check with Ichabod, maybe he'll comment or send me some info to post.

Most of them were from fires that people started that caught in the coal mines. There's one over a hundred years old in Colorado. In Australia there's one that's thought to be 5-6 thousand years old, possibly started by a bush fire.

You're right they're not good. There are a lot of them in China. There's speculation that the amount of CO2 released from the China fires is more than from all the vehicles in the US.

Anyway, that's probably more answer than you were looking for.
:-)

Mon Jun 25, 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Mr. B - actually, my own "composition" with my movie editing/soundtrack software. I call it Don't Get That Fire Near My Balls.

Mon Jun 25, 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

That’s spooky. Strangely, I have drive through Centralia a couple of time and never notice—or perhaps paid attention—to them.

Tue Jun 26, 12:03:00 AM  
Blogger candy said...

creepy. i bet it doesn't smell too pleasant either.

Tue Jun 26, 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

It has a certain "Eyes Without a Face" feel to it. (which is gewd, because I likes Mr. B. Idol)

Tue Jun 26, 06:55:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

It does seem very strange that this sort of thing can happen. The video did capture it better than a still shot. Good music editing, Bucky.

Tue Jun 26, 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

We'll be sure to keep it away from your Buckyballs! Thanks again!

Nick, you have to go looking for them. This was right next to the cemetary, which isn't on the main drag. There was really much more city there than I'd imagined there would. Really pretty and rural.

Candy, I don't know. It was a heavy, rainy day. And I didn't get out of the car, but I'll but the Centralians could tell us.

Mr B, I'm sure you'd like B Barzedor music, too. ;-)

Danielle, what bothers me is that there's just no way to put them out. They can go on forever, or until there's no more coal, I guess. Yes, what would I do without my sister!

Tue Jun 26, 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

We have peat fires up here like that. :(

Tue Jun 26, 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

What an odd sight. And the music fits it well. Thanks.

Wed Jun 27, 12:34:00 AM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

very spooky looking...and great music to go with it

Wed Jun 27, 06:09:00 AM  
Blogger Ern said...

I totally want to see that someday, have ever since I read "A Walk in the Woods". Thanks for posting it!

Wed Jun 27, 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Wow pretty neat but not something you would want to live near though but some people have to since they live there. Thanks for the video shot though. Who ever said it was better in video is right. You get a better idea of whats going on.

Wed Jun 27, 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger chiapet said...

Wow :-) Great vid and nice effects. You girls rule!

Thu Jun 28, 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, those must really suck, too. Do they also go for a really long time?

Thanks, Laurie!

htgt, Bucky did make some good music for that, didn't she? It was pretty eerie looking, especially on that rainy day.

Erin, you should go see it sometime. Do you ever have a reason to travel to the East? Ichabod could probably help you with directions there, I know I can't.

Tweety, thanks! I don't know how many people still live there, but I think I would've taken a government buy-out.

ChiaKittn,thanks! Can't wait to see you.

Thu Jun 28, 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Yeah, they burn until they run out of fuel. When you have a 100 square mile bog, that can take a while. :(

Fri Jun 29, 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Wow! That is very eerie. And the music is great. Very well done you guys!

Sat Jun 30, 01:30:00 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

Sounds macabre, to my way of thinking. maybe the stiffs entombed below the turf in the cemetery were designated to serve their eternity stoking those fires in the coal mine.
Have a wonderful day.

Sun Jul 01, 04:31:00 AM  
Blogger Platypus said...

I'd never heard of coal fires like that. It sounds awful. Love the vid though and Bucky's music sounds a bit like something Eric Serra would have put in The Fifth Element. :)

Sun Jul 01, 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger cathy said...

I knew nothing about these fires.
Thanks for this interesting tidbit.

Sun Jul 01, 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, sounds like they're pretty bad for the environment, too, then. That sucks.

Kranki, thanks!

Vest, wow, that's a cool story that they could tell their kids. A spooky, local, story. Thanks

Platypus, I wonder if they have any over in England? I know you have coal there. :-)

Cathy, sometimes this blog is about educating people.
:-D

Sun Jul 01, 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger Platypus said...

From what I can tell, we don't have any underground coal fires in the UK. I have to admit you've got me fascinated now! I had honestly never heard of such a thing and yet they seem to be all over the world and a pretty significant environmental issue.

Mon Jul 02, 03:04:00 PM  
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