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The Town That Was - Full Movie | Snagfilms
 
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In 1962, a trash fire ignites a seam of anthracite coal beneath the once-thriving mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire continued to rage unchecked into the mid-1980s: giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide gases billowed from fissures in the ground, the local highway cracked and collapsed, trees were bleached white and petrified. It wasn't until a young boy nearly died after falling into a smoldering mine that the government was pressed into action. After estimating the cost of extinguishing the fire at over a half a billion dollars, the government opted to raze the town and relocate its residents. Today, eleven die-hards remain. Filmed over a period of five years with interviews ranging from former citizens to Congressmen, THE TOWN THAT WAS is an intimate portrait of one Centralian's quixotic fight for a town that has literally disintegrated under his feet. His unbowed determination and steadfast refusal to acknowledge defeat reveal a region and a way of life that has been almost forgotten. Download Our Apple or Android Apps: http://bit.ly/Snag_Apps Watch Free Movies Online: http://bit.ly/snag_films Like Us On Facebook: http://bit.ly/snag_fb Follow Us On Twitter: http://bit.ly/Snag_Tweets
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Centralia - Hell on Earth - Town destroyed by ever burning coal mines
 
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A 1982 16mm film documenting a Pennsylvania town eroding away from out of control burning of underground coal mines since 1962.
Anthracite Coal of PA
 
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https://youtu.be/IFZqWRtYvpM here is a link for a documentary on Centralia, PA. If you have any interest in mine fires
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Urban Exploration: Centralia, PA Ghost Town Burning Underground
 
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*UPDATE* The time capsule ended up being opened on October 4, 2014 which was much earlier than expected. Centralia, PA is a modern day ghost town with an ongoing underground inferno. Silent Hill was inspired by Centralia's plight. It was also a model for various movies that wanted to give a hell-like appearance in a ghost town. There used to be a WARNING - DANGER sign posted here from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stating that walking or driving in this area could result in serious injury or death; that dangerous gases are present and the ground is prone to sudden collapse. Centralia was once a prosperous coal mining town with 1,100 population. It included 4 movie theatres, 7 bars, a school and a gas station. In the spring of 1962, a fire which started at the town dump during spring cleanup ignited the coal present at the ground level as this area is very rich in coal. As firefighters worked to try and extinguish that fire, it had already spread to the underground abandoned coal tunnels that are 100 meters in depth. After a couple of decades, attempts to put out the fire failed. State and federal authorities said they didn't have enough funding to do the job right. They tried digging up the coal around the burn site but it was burning faster than they could dig and there are too many tunnels too flood. Approximately 450 acres of underground coal has been on fire since. This type of coal is called anthracite which is difficult to ignite, but very difficult to extinguish. There are 3000 acres of coal field here underground, so with enough oxygen feeding this fire from other mining tunnels, the fire is expected to last at least another 100-200 years, maybe longer. The temperature of the active burn area below ground is 1100-1200 degrees Farhenheit. Tests by scientists and geologists were done here that showed the ground temperature to be around 440 degrees Celsius a foot into the ground. With the threats of hydrogen explosions, carbon monoxide and cave-ins, most residents were relocated in the 80s. The houses were then torn down leaving approximately 11 people behind who refused to evacuate despite the danger and risks involved such as dangerous gasses, explosions and sink holes. The ground beneath could collapse and has done so already. Looking down the now-empty streets, you can see that nature has reclaimed her land, albeit, a dangerous one. Buildings, cars and trees can fall into this pit at any time. The old Hwy 61 that used to bring traffic to Centralia has been destroyed by the underground fire. It is constantly subsiding with smoke usually billowing out from the pits and separations that will continue to get wider and deeper day-by-day. This is called subsidence. This is due to the coal seams the run below ground at steep angles which cause the road above ground to collapse as the coal burns. According to engineers, the only way to stop this fire is to dig the entire 3000 acres of coal field under this town and surrounding area. This would cost $600 million which is more than the US governments were willing to pay. Ironically, a small town just south of Centralia, Byrnesville (of all names) was also evacuated and now empty. Mostly coal miners resided here of an Irish-Catholic desent. Both Centralia and Byrnesville were a tight-knit community, and many did not want to leave. There is a time capsule that still lies buried in the ground in Centralia. This was set up as a memorial for the working class town to be opened in 2016 which would be Centralia's 150th Anniversary. Whether the residents return to open it on that date is yet to be seen. The Weather Channel selected portions of this video for their "Most Toxic Ghost Towns" video. In case you're interested, here is the link: http://www.weather.com/video/most-toxic-ghost-towns-46257?collid=/news/top-stories Thanks for watching!
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50 Years Later, Underground Fire Still Burning I
 
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Most of Centralia, Pa. was demolished in the 1980s after the slow-burning fire that began in 1962 spread to the underground network of coal mines. Only a handful of people remain now, resisting the state's efforts to help them leave. (May 25) Subscribe to the Associated Press: http://bit.ly/APYouTube Download AP Mobile: http://www.ap.org/mobile/ Associated Press on Facebook: http://apne.ws/c7lQTV Associated Press on Twitter: http://apne.ws/bTquhb Associated Press on Google+: http://bit.ly/zuTKBL
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The REAL Silent Hill (Centralia, PA) - FULL STORY
 
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THANKS FOR WATCHING! PLEASE RATE, COMMENT AND SUBSCRIBE IF YOU LIKE THE VIDEOS!!! The music for this video is a compilation of songs from Silent Hill 2 the video game and the movie Requiem for a Dream. Soundtrack in order of play: Akira Yamaoka - Betrayal Akira Yamaoka - Promise (reprise) x2 Clint Mansell - Lux Aeterna Akira Yamaoka - Silent Heaven Clint Mansell - Summer Overture This video is the result of a road trip I took to Centralia, PA. What happened in this town is a tragedy which makes for an interesting story. The theory of the firefighters igniting the fire is the most widespread accepted story, but there are other versions. There's not too much left in the town aside from a few homes and cemeteries, just an unbelievably creepy feeling. Certain areas of the town are labeled as restricted zones. Centralia is facing immanent destruction and will no longer be accessible. If you do decide to go, just remember you are not technically allowed to walk around. Normally, if you're quiet and curious, you won't be bothered. But remember take only pictures and leave only footsteps. Aside from the history of the town and the smoke rising from certain parts of the earth, the scenery is amazingly beautiful. There are also a lot of nearby attractions in neighboring towns relating to the coal mining industry and the history of Centralia.
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Centralia  The abandoned town burning underground
 
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This is my experience at Centralia Pennsylvania, the abandoned town in PA that’s burning underground. This is information I have heard and read, I'm not a Centralia historian so bear with me. So Centralia the ghost town is definitely one of the coolest places I’ve been to. Not only because there is a huge fire that burns under the ground and there is a possibility that any second the earth could open underneath you and swallow you up. Not only because the movie Silent Hill was based on it. But for me, its the history of Centralia that also makes me so interested in this place. Plus I don't know of anywhere else in the world where you can go and see an abandoned graffiti highway covered from end to end. Its actually pretty beautiful to see. When I was there filming I didn't see much smoke coming from the ground however at times I’ve heard it can get pretty smoky. I guess it depends on how much stuff is burning underneath that area of the earth at that particular time. Never the less, its so crazy to walk around the empty town and see the empty roads. Definitely like nothing else I have seen before. So here is a little town history. Apparently this all started around 1962 when people were burning dumped garbage at the entrance of one of the old mines. Smart move I know. anyway, fire started and long story short its been burning ever since. Its not a fire like you see in a fireplace or a forest fire. Its a coal seam fire. Definition -Coal seam fire or mine fire is the underground smoldering of a coal deposit, often in a coal mine. Such fires have economic, social and ecological impacts. They are often started by lightning, grass, or forest fires, and are particularly insidious because they continue to smolder underground after surface fires have been extinguished, sometimes for many years, before flaring up and restarting forest and brush fires nearby. They propagate in a creeping fashion along mine shafts and cracks in geologic structures. So Centralia up unto the 1960s was a nice normal town, semi built up area mostly inhabited by families of coal miners. The coal they were mining is called Anthracite coal which is fairly common around Pennsylvania and is known for being able to burn for a long time. Yes, like long enough to burn for over 50 years and counting! Here's the definition of Anthracite - Anthracite coal is a form of coal that is almost made entirely of carbon. Anthracite coal is much harder than other forms of coal such as bituminous, and is usually found in areas surrounding mountains or deep valleys. So the following is from Wikipedia about Centralia - Centralia is a borough and a near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1980 to only 10 in 2010 as a result of the coal mine fire that has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. Centralia, which is part of the Bloomsburg-Berwick micropolitan area, is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania and is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township. All real estate in the borough was claimed under eminent domain and therein condemned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 and Centralia's ZIP code was discontinued by the Postal Service in 2002. State and local officials reached an agreement with the seven remaining residents on October 29, 2013, allowing them to live out their lives there, after which the rights of their houses will be taken through eminent domain. See I told you it was interesting! So make sure you channel your inner adam the woo or exploring with josh and go and see Centralia Pennsylvania and graffiti highway for yourself! And be sure to wear shoes because there's a fire burning underground! Instagram - Mobileinstinct https://www.instagram.com/mobileinstinct/ Direct video link - https://youtu.be/2Lgr3Xn6scc
Views: 8241 Mobile Instinct
Southwestern PA Coal Patch Towns
 
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Southwestern PA Coal Patch Towns
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"The Burning of Centralia" Documentary Clip 1
 
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A short excerpt from the documentary highlighting an interview with History Professor Dr. Slavishak. Part of Bill Moore's Portfolio Contact: [email protected]
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Centralia to rememeber (Part 1)
 
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This film (shot in 2004) describes past and current situation in Centralia, coal mining town in Pennsylvania, declared eminent domain by US govrnment due to the underground coal fires that still burning since 1960s. I prepared it for my "Environmental Geology" class.
Views: 1671 faimivivere
The Town That Was - The Movie - Centralia, Pennsylvania
 
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The Town that Was The Town that Was In 1962, a trash fire ignited a seam of anthracite coal beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, a once thriving mining town of over 1600 people. By the mid 1980’s, giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide …
Views: 813 Prattt
DEAD MALLS AND GHOST TOWNS - Exploring the Coal Region of Pennsylvania
 
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I recently did a Pennsylvania tour of 5 abandoned locations. Today we head into the coal region to explore the struggling communities. Check out the raw footage from Schuylkill mall here: https://youtu.be/X7AE83jG8Po Thanks for watching!
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The Lackawana Coal Mine Tour
 
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A Look at The Anthracite Coal Industry in Northeast Pennsylvania. A detailed look - with news clips - of the 1959 Knox Mine Disaster.
Full Tour of "The Real Silent Hill" - Centralia, PA - Underground Mine Fire Burning Since 1962
 
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This is a video tour of The Real Silent Hill, aka Centralia, Pennsylvania USA. A mine fire has been burning under this small, rural Pennsylvania town since May of 1962. Estimates put the burn time 250+ years into the future due to the Anthracite coal that blankets the region. At this point only a few buildings and residents remain. The zip code for Centralia was revoked by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This town was part of the inspiration for Roger Avary and his production team for the "Silent Hill" movie series.
Views: 104424 Rick Rotondo
Abandoned town of Centralia, PA - Underground coal mine fire rages underneath.
 
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Centralia is a borough and a near ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 10 in 2010, as a result of a mine fire burning beneath the borough since 1962. Centralia is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania. Centralia is part of the Bloomsburg-Berwick micropolitan area. The borough is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township. All properties in the borough were claimed under eminent domain by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 (and all buildings therein were condemned), and Centralia's ZIP code was revoked by the Postal Service in 2002. State and local officials reached an agreement with the seven remaining residents on October 29, 2013 allowing them to live out their lives there, after which the rights of their properties will be taken through eminent domain. For more of John Goad, Jr's Abandoned Real Estate adventures, visit http://www.TheGoadTeam.com/AbandonedRE The Goad Team (702) 907-4623 YOUR BEST BET IN LAS VEGAS REAL ESTATE
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"The Burning of Centralia" Documentary Intro
 
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A short photo intro for the documentary Part of Bill Moore's Portfolio. Contact: [email protected]
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Living in a Coal Town
 
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A brief documentary of coal mining in America. Hannah's school project for summer enrichment program.
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"The Burning Of Centralia" - Preview
 
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This is a short preview for a documentary I'm producing for my TV Documentary class. The Documentary is tentatively titled "The Burning Of Centralia" and is about a small coal mining town that was "abandoned" because a coal mine started a fire over 20 years ago that still burns under the town today.
Views: 454 Bill Moore
Burning Ghost Town In Centralia, Pennsylvania
 
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If you thought the horror movie Silent Hill was fiction, you should visit Centralia, Pennsylvania. This abandoned ghost town has had a fire burning underground for over 50 years! Due to constant spontaneous combustion and oxidation, this mysterious old coal mine is completely out of control! Subscribe For New Videos! http://goo.gl/UIzLeB Watch our "Most SHOCKING Biological Weapons Ever!" video here: https://youtu.be/W0Yli9y7YAk Watch our "Top 5 Most Mysterious and Powerful Secret Societies" video here: https://youtu.be/0Lu4Uvc5EhA Watch our "DEADLIEST Ship Disaster In History!" video here: https://youtu.be/8cNBVZMoalc Town literally burning for more than 50 years! There is a small town in Pennsylvania that has been burning since 1962. That’s over 50 years! What? How is that even possible? So the issue is that Centralia, Pennsylvania is on top of some of the biggest coal deposits in the world. In the 1800s miners blasted tunnels underground and then abandoned them about 100 years later. No one really knows what exactly caused the fire but the strongest theory is that some burning trash from a landfill accidentally lit the coal near an old entrance to the mine. Yeah this isn’t fog, it’s smoke. Since sometimes coal deposits are under a lot of pressure, it can even ignite without a flame. The oxygen from the empty tunnels created the perfect conditions for the fire to spread. The flames started going deeper and deeper into the surrounding area as more coal burned, and the tunnels continue to take oxygen down from the surface. It is now in a vicious, fiery cycle that is now about 300 feet deep. Coal burns slow and steady and can take ages to burn out. As long as there is enough heat, fuel, and oxygen to keep it going, there’s nothing you can do. They actually tried to put it out by drilling holes into the mine and pouring wet sand down to block off the air supply but it didn’t work. It might not seem like such a big deal since the fire is underground but it really is. The 1000 residents probably didn’t think that is was a big deal either until sulfurous fumes and carbon monoxide almost suffocated everyone in their home. The underground fire fractured the ground making sink holes all over the place. A 12-year-old almost fell in one in 1981. The roads are also affected and have smoke coming out of them! The last time they tried to put it out was in the 1980’s but since then everyone’s just given up. Today about 12 people live in Centralia and it’s a very popular destination for graffiti artists. Check out this artwork all over the road. It also draws UFO seekers... The fire covers 6 square miles and spreads 75 feet every year. While this might seem like a freak accident, these kind of fires are actually pretty common. There are mine fires burning in Wyoming, Australia, Germany, and many other parts of the world. India and China have the most serious problems with hundreds of abandoned mines all over the country. Coal mine fires can burn for centuries and it is estimated that the Central fire could burn for another 250 years!
Views: 68128 Origins Explained
Orchard Coal Company, an Anthracite Coal Mine near Hegins, PA
 
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I've already shot activity at this mine in 2008, but I wanted to re-shoot the mine using my hi-def camcorder (JVC GZ-HD7). I've also been meaning to use a song by folk artist Van Wagner. His song is called "Bootleg Miner." He has given me permission to use the song for my videos. He has several other songs that I plan to use as well. Look for them in the future. Van's site is here: http://www.vanwagnermusic.com/ My site of anthracite mining galleries is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonman24/sets/ All video, music, and photos; Copyright 2009. Please email [email protected] for questions about their use for anything outside of these sites. Thank you for your interest. Also, thanks to Kerry Harris at Orchard Coal.
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You and the Centralia, PA Fire  (The First Youtube Video On)
 
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This is the first Youtube video on you and the Centralia, PA Fire, which has been burning since 1962. If this borough of Pennsylvania looks familiar, that's because it was the inspiration for Silent Hill, a psychological horror video game based on an abandoned community, which had been consumed by a malevolent force. The mining of coal was effectively finished in the borough, for more than three decades, before the fire department, accidentally ignited the Centralia fire. All of their mining companies had gone out of business in 1929, after the crash of the New York stock exchange. By the time the Great Depression was over, gasoline and other fuels, had already replaced, the widespread use of coal. The town dump was conveniently located in the heart of the borough of Centralia, adjacent to the cemetery of the church of Saint Ignatius. It was convenient except in springtime, when the Memorial Day parade would march down Main Street, and every participant taking that route, would be treated to a full view of the dump. That is why the local fire department was given the annual job, of burning off the trash, before the end of May. The dump was also the site of one of the old mining tunnels, and when the controlled burn of 1962, was not properly extinguished by the firemen, it spread to an underground vein of anthracite coal, a vein which everyone thought was played out. Anthracite burns hot and slow. They tried to extinguish the embers using sand. They tried to smother it with ash. Thousands of gallons of water were poured into the tunnel, with no success. They dug one enormous trench to act as a firewall, but the combustion was already too far spread undergound. Then they ran out of money. The coal fire advanced so slowly that it was barely perceptible for almost two decades, except for the occasional plume of poisonous smoke rising from the ground. Then in 1979 the owner of the local gas station, John Coddington, was measuring the level of fuel in the tank buried on the property. After extracting the long measuring stick, he noticed it was quite warm to the touch. Coddington, using a thermometer tied to the end of a piece of twine, measured the temperature of the gasoline. It was one hundred and seventy degrees fahrenheit. The temperature at which he had been pumping gas, into the cars of his customers, was only one hundred and thirty degrees. There was no threat to life until two years later, when twelve year old Todd Domboski, was playing in his grandmother's back yard. While investigating a wisp of smoke, rising from the ground near a black walnut tree, a fifty foot chasm opened suddenly beneath him. He fell in, and his head was below the surface, but he was able to grab onto the roots of the tree, and he cried for help. His cousin Eric could hear him yelling, but could not determine from which direction came the calls... until from the crest of a hill, he saw a bright orange hunting hat, still perched on top of Todd's head. Eric pulled his cousin to safety. The bottom of the pit was later measured at 600 degerees fahrenheit, and the level of carbon monoxide was so high, that it would have meant the end, for Todd Domboski. Pennsylvania state government in 1992, decreed the town evacuation was no longer voluntary, but mandatory. The highway which ran through the borough, Route 61, had been a main artery of statewide travel since Pennsylvania was founded. But the Centralia section of the highway was plagued with fissures, from which sulfurous gases belched. Now it was abandoned, and a permanent detour was built for Route 61. Today in the borough, a population of two thousand has dwindled to only seven. The few houses still standing require special chimneys, to vent the noxious fumes from underground. Corruption is suspected of the state government which condemned the borough of Centralia. It may have been complicit in a fraud, allegedly perpetrated by the business interests, which would ultimately re-purchase the mining rights for the entire area. There are other veins of coal here, deeper veins, worth many billions of dollars today. No expert testimony on the fire was ever sought by the state, before they condemned this town, using the power of eminent domain. MAY I INTEREST YOU IN SUBSCRIBING TO THIS CHANNEL? IT'S FREE! CLICK HERE: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UClL9byGfuMhbJJmmi14XKwA?sub_confirmation=1 THANK YOU, BILL MADON License links may all be found at https://creativecommons.org
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Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Mining.mpg
 
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Vintage 1920's film showing the workings of an underground Northeastern Pennsylvania Coal Mine. This silent film (originally a 16mm hand-cranked movie) shows the miners arriving at the mine and switching into mining clothes with their street clothes held up by lines near the ceiling. The miner receive safety equipments and electric head lamps and then are issued cases of dynamite. Before entering the mine they update the peg board and take the token that allows the mine operator to know exactly who is in the mine at any given time. Once in the shaft the miners drill a hole in the face of the coal seam and then pack it with the explosives. After the dust clears, the miner and his helper shovel the coal into a cart for movement to the main gangway. There the coal is transferred into larger carts and pulled away by mules. In addition to the mule drivers and "spraggers" the film shows the coal breaker where boys and disabled men pick the slate out of the coal. The creation of the culm pile is shown with railroad cars of mine waste being dumped into giant piles. Finally the coal is washed and sorted into various sizes: stove, egg, nut and then shipped out in railroad cars.
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Anthracite Coal Mine in Ashland, PA
 
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Going into a former coal mine lets one experience the dangers and difficulties the miners had.
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YERTpod2: Pennsylvania Coal: Fire in the Hole! - HD
 
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You think you have an old flame? Check out the fire in Centralia, PA, where they have a perpetually burning coal mine beneath the town! We talk to the mayor and learn the inside scoop on Centralia. ***The YERT Feature Film won the Audience Award at the 2011 Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY)*** We've finished our feature film based on our eco-adventures! Please spread the word to all of your friends and family - we want this film to travel around the world. Find or arrange a screening near you by clicking on this page: http://www.yert.com/screenings.php . You can also check out the full synopsis and additional information at http://www.yert.com/film.php . And we've got over 60 other short films already available at http://www.yert.com . We hope you enjoy-- and please DONATE if you like what you see: http://yert.com/donate.php (We're re-uploading all of our original road trip videos in high definition. This is one of the very first videos we created while we were on the 50-state road trip.)
Centralia, PA and the Graffiti Highway
 
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Now a ghost town, Centralia was a small community in the mountains of Columbia County, Pennsylvania, that in the early to mid 1900's had an average population of 2,400 residents. On May 27, 1962 the Centralia Borough Council hired five members of the volunteer fire company to clean up the town landfill, located in an abandoned strip-mine pit next to the Odd Fellows Cemetery just outside the borough limits. This had been done prior to Memorial Day in previous years, when the landfill was in a different location. The firefighters, as they had in the past, set the dump on fire and let it burn for some time. Unlike in previous years, however, the fire was not fully extinguished. An unsealed opening in the pit allowed the fire to enter the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia. The borough, by law, was responsible for installing a fire-resistant clay barrier between each layer, but fell behind schedule, leaving the barrier incomplete. This allowed the hot coals to penetrate the vein of coal underneath the pit and start the subsequent subterranean fire. Centralia's population, as of the 2010 census, was reported to be 10 resisdents.
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centralia pa movie 8-2-2011ghost town+smoking coal mine+deserted roads- town
 
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centralia pa's ghost town-coal burning underground 40+years-deserted town-blocked road-wind mills from afar-taped 8-2-2011
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knox mine disaster location and footage
 
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Please like & subscribe to JP Videos This video shows the location of the knox mine disaster and shows how it looks today as well as footage from 1959. enjoy Don't forget to like my page https://www.facebook.com/JPVideos81 At approximately 11:20 a.m., two laborers in the Pittston vein heard a sharp “popping” sound. They quickly called upon John Williams, the assistant foreman. The three employees hurried to escape and notify superintendent Robert Groves, who immediately ordered an evacuation, although he withheld the severity of the situation. Unfortunately, the other three men who were stationed in this vein could not escape in time and the fierce waters of the Susquehanna took their lives. While millions of gallons of water flooded into the mine, thirty-three men managed to catch the last elevators at the May shaft, but forty-five others remained trapped, desperately seeking their own outlet. During the first sixty four hours of the emergency, an estimated 2.7 million gallons of water per minute streamed underground from an enormous whirlpool near the riverbank. Down below, thirty-two men wandered in two separate groups until they managed to escape through the abandoned Eagle air shaft. Pennsylvania Coal Company surveyor, Joe Stella, led the first group of seven. He not only knew the mines well, but also possessed maps which allowed his group to find a direct course to the opening. The second group, led by Myron Thomas, consisted of twenty-five men who wandered for hours before they found their way to safety. Unfortunately, twelve of the original remaining bodies have never been recovered. Thousands of bails of hay and hundreds of railroad ties were also added. Culm, dirt, and rock along with over 50 coal and railroad cars barely stopped the river. Finally they diverted the river around Wintermoot Island by building dams at both ends of the island. Once they pumped the water out between the dams the size of the hole was evident. Tons of clay and rock were poured into the hole and a concrete cap was placed on top of the opening. They then pumped much of the water out of the mine to look for the 12 missing miners. How could this tragedy have happened? The original plan was to keep 50 feet of rock and coal between the workings and the river bottom. The Knox company wanted this to be lowered to 35 feet. Mine inspectors deemed this ok as it would be sufficient to stand up to the river. At this point the seam of coal sloped up towards the river in what is known as an anticline. Company owners kept pushing the miners closer and closer to the river bottom until the rock could no longer support the river. At the point where the river broke through the rock was only 5 to 6 feet thick! This disaster ended deep mining in the Wyoming valley as almost all of the coal company’s mines connected.
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Centralia, PA Abandoned Ghost town (Axis Video/Pine Barren Films) CURSED
 
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Centralia, Pennsylvania: The Burning Town by Chris Chaos Centralia: The Pennsylvania abandoned town that has been burning for over 50 years. On May, 27th 1962 the fire started and has been raging ever since. Exact details are sketchy about how the fire actually started but according to historical documents it states that burning trash from the landfill set an exposed coal vein in an abandoned strip mine on fire. The movie and video game SILENT HILL were based on this PA town. This small coal mining town use to be home to over 2,000 people has now been just about completely abandoned, although a few residents still call this town home. As of our last visit most of the houses and streets have been bulldozed and are reduced to a smoldering former shadow of themselves. You can see the toxic gas spewing from the cracks in the ground all over the area. A sign warns visitors to enter at their own risk. Usually locations like this that attract visitors are heavily paroled by the police to prevent vandalism or to stop teens from partying or hurting themselves. While we were documenting the location a police office approached us and asked us what were were doing. When he saw we were simply taking photos he wished us well and explained to us that he thought we may have been illegally dumping. For just about 20 years firefighters have attempted to put out this massive fire but as it being underground and with seemingly an endless line of fuel that has proven very unsuccessful. Scientists state that there is enough coal to keep the fires burning for another 250 years. Back in 1981 a 12 year old boy fell into one of the sinkholes and there have been growing concerns over the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide being released from the ground. After many years of this raging inferno burning underground it weakened the ground and caused the roads and concrete to crumble. In 1993 Congress did set some $42 million aside to relocate the town's residents and the abandoned houses and buildings were bulldozed. Stuck in controversy some of the residents refused to leave. As of 2011 there were 9 residents fighting the state of PA to not evict them from their homes and have their properties razed to the ground. Commonwealth Court has denied another attempt by remaining property owners in Centralia to keep their land. Borough Council President Stephen Hynoski states that the fire has died down and the air quality of Centralia is the same as in Lancaster. He also has a suit pending in U.S. Middle District Court that claims the commonwealth's devious plot of obtaining mineral rights t the anthracite coal that is supposedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars. An interesting thing occurred while we were documenting the location, there is a church (See photo below) in the next town over. Now Centralia is known for the smoke escaping from the ground but over near the church this was not the case. There was no smoke visible, no one was smoking a cigarette and there were no vehicles spewing exhaust. in some of the photos there were massive amounts of smoke and in others there were none. We did not see any smoke/mist with our naked eyes, it was only when we reviewed the photographs. But there is something physically there based on the way the flash of the camera interacted with the smoke. (More pics of this are available, just ask) **Note: It was snowing/sleeting during the night time.
Views: 3740 Chris Chaos
Coal Mines, Scranton, Pennsylvania - 1929
 
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This film of a Scranton Coal Mine was shot on December 8, 1929 by George Mann when Barto and Mann were playing at the Capital Theatre in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There's more about Pennsylvania Coal Mines here: http://samiaali.hubpages.com/hub/The-Pennsylvania-Coal-Miners There's more about Barto and Mann here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barto_and_Mann George Mann's photography here: http://www.thegeorgemannarchive.com/ And later in life here: http://onbunkerhill.org/georgemann
Views: 10825 Brad Smith
Centralia Part II
 
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Part 2 of the Centralia documentary. Detailing the streetscape of the town, the cemeteries and the remaining buildings. leepacoindustries 2014.
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Centralia Pa.   2012
 
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A ghost town in P.a.,population in 1962 was over 1000,now 2012 its about 10! In 1962 workers were burning trash and the fire spread to an underground coal mine.Many attemps were made to extinguish the fire,but all failed.Most of the businesses and homes had to be torn down.Camera used Kodak Zi8.
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Western PA Coal Mine Towns !
 
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Sorry about the wind noise ! If anyone would like to learn more about the Grove City area . Here is a link . http://www.grovecityhistoricalsociety.org/PDF/History/Grove%20City%201910%20-%201919r%20(2).pdf I hope every one enjoys this video !
Views: 5717 Rev. MuzzleMike
(Abandoned) Ruins of Centralia
 
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Centralia was a mining town that took off in the late 60s. At its peak, it housed a thousand people. However, in the 80s, a fire at the landfill had ignited a vein of anthracite coal. What wasn't yet known at the time was that the coal vein was one of the largest in the state, possibly the country. Noxious gasses flooded the town, and as the risk of caving in became apparent, Centralia had to be evacuated. The state spend millions in relocation, and once properties were eminent domain'ed, the properties were immediately marked as condemned and then torn down. As the coal fires spread, PA 61 began to crack & split. The state had to redirect the road onto an old logging trail. Meanwhile, the coal fire spread beneath Byrnesville, which also had to be torn down and relocated. Today, less than 10 residents remain in Centralia with a church and municipal building as part of an agreement with the state. They live their lives out with an unclear future as the coal fires continue to burn.
Views: 555 Doomie Grunt
R&R Coal Mine
 
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A visit to R&R Coal Mine in Goodspring, PA in 2005. This is my favorite mine of all I've seen. It has the most homemade feel by far. It's a shame that it's closed now. Thanks to owner Gary Lucas, his son Joe, and helper Chuck Cress. Check out stills here: www.f-stop16.com/abe and www.flickr.com/photos/nikonman24/sets/ Enjoy and please pass the links along to anyone who might enjoy seeing more of the anthracite mining heritage from northeast PA. Thanks for your interest! Footage: Copyright 2008 Email: [email protected]
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CENTRALIA (short film)
 
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A final video project for my non-linear editing course. Had fun making it, first short film i've ever made. Centralia is an abandoned mining town near Bloomsburg, Pa where coal slowly burns underneath the town itself due to a fire that broke out in the mining shaft.
Views: 133 Enrique Jr
Centralia, Burning Underground Coal Fire
 
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Episode 90 - November 27, 2016. Join JPVideos and I as we take a trip to the iconic Abandoned (...well almost) Pennsylvania town of Centralia. An underground coal fire started in 1962, and is still burning to this day. Please head on over to JPVideos to see his video of the day and also get some great history on the town. JPVideos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG993iLPCOg Watch yesterdays Episode here - https://youtu.be/79MsX9mPx_I Gear: Main camera - Sony a6500 US: http://amzn.to/2A31gKk UK: http://amzn.to/2xRA7c0 lens - Sony 16-70mm US - http://amzn.to/2hKvFVo lens - Sony 10-18mm f4 US: http://amzn.to/2A3XK2f UK: http://amzn.to/2eOiVzs mic - Rode Video Mic Pro US: http://amzn.to/2ztozQw UK: http://amzn.to/2gJNL9e Tripod - Sirui 3T-35K US: http://amzn.to/2A46S7j UK: http://amzn.to/2w13Emg Second camera - Canon 70d US: http://amzn.to/2ztQ3pi lens - Canon 10-18 f4 US: http://amzn.to/2A5WUSL UK: http://amzn.to/2eJ4Y29 Bag - Wandrd Prvke31 Point and shoot - Canon G7X US: http://amzn.to/2jOQh36 UK: http://amzn.to/2eNy04k Contact - [email protected] Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jeffgrantmedia/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jeffgrantmedia/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/jeffgrantmedia
Views: 1490 jeffgrantMEDIA
Mining operations, Pennsylvania coal fields
 
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SUMMARY The film opens on an area covered with snow where the following operations are visible: track laying, and dirt moving by explosion, grader, steam shovel, and steam engine. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; 23Dec04; H54720. Cameraman, Jamison. Filmed December 17, 1904 in Drifton, PA. SUBJECTS Mines and mineral resources--Pennsylvania. Actuality--Shorts. RELATED NAMES Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID awal 2087 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/awal.2087
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old abandoned coal mine in PA
 
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our newest member shows us somw of his old stomping grounds. http://www.cafepress.com/njundergroundoutfitters
Views: 13252 NJ UNDERGROUND
Ashland, Pennsylvania 2017: A Tour Of The Town
 
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Hello Viewers, Today, Justin and I are going to Ashland, Pennsylvania to go to the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine Tour and Train Ride, then we are going up to explore Centralia. Centralia was a mining town that was abandoned because of underground coal mine fires that still burn today. Anyway, in this video, we are exploring the town of Ashland and spending some time in the park right next to the coal mine tour and train ride place. Then we eat lunch at this Italian Restaurant in the town, then after we do our Centralia thing, we eat dinner at May's Drive-In Diner. It's called May's Drive-In but they have tables inside too. This diner opened in the 1950's and remains open today. Thanks for watching. Please Like and Subscribe for more videos. And remember to click the bell icon to get a notification when I upload a new video.
Views: 393 Jerry-Bee Weaver
The Lost Town (Trailer)
 
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Daniel Peragine Films presents the official trailer of its upcoming documentary, The Lost Town. THE LOST TOWN During its peak years, the mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania was once a proud home to over 1,500 residents. However, that all changed on Memorial Day Weekend 1962, when a trash fire sparked anthracite coal below the ground. Due to mismanagement, the fire spread. By the 1980s, there was huge clouds of smoke coming from the ground. Dangerous carbon monoxide gases were exposed in homes. PA highway Route 61 closed due to wide open cracks from the fire. The government pressed action when a 12 year-old boy was pulled to safety after the ground collapsed and nearly killed him. With costs mounting to either contain and extinguish the fire, an order by the government had people were relocated out of Centralia. Today, just five people remain living in Centralia. Daniel Peragine Films gives you the rich history of Centralia, the past images, the burning mine fire below, and what to see of the town Centralia in present day. Credits: Producer, Director and Editor: Daniel Peragine Co-Producer: Richard Easson Camera: Kyungsoo Lee Photography: Thomas Taormina Music: Special thanks to Kevin MacLeod
Views: 1053 DanielPeragineFilm
*2017 Update*  Abandoned Coal Mine Fire
 
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We received several requests for an update on the Mine Fire. Here is the update video. 2017 Update / Revisit Underground Coal Mine Fire JEANSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
Views: 20415 ABANDONED_PA
Exploring Eckleys' Miners Village Ghost Town ("The Molly Maguires" 1969 Movie Filming Location!)
 
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This is a video of Jared and I exploring a large well preserved ghost town called Eckleys Miners' Village. I tried to get everything I could see here in one good video. Took this video on 3/26/16 Eckley Miners' Village in eastern Pennsylvania is an anthracite coal mining patch town that dates back to the early 1800's. Located near Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in the United States The Molly Maguires a 1970 film was filmed in Eckley in 1969. The wooden "coal breaker" featured heavily in the film was built as a prop. It received little or no maintenance over the years and, even though it has been called a tinderbox, it still stands today — over 40 years later. The company store was also built as a prop for the movie and still stands today. The filming of the movie resulted in the town's being saved from demolition, and it was afterward turned into a mining museum under the control of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Views: 1468 Jacob Smith
Big Mine Run Geyser - Near Centralia, Pennsylvania URBEX
 
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Old Faithful in Pa??,, Abandoned mines created this geyser. This tunnel was build to drain water from the mines in the mountain. It is considered Acid Mine Drainage and has a negative impact on the Mahanoy Creek. ----- I obtained information about this from local DEP, News broadcasts and the July 20, 1895 issue of the Engineering and Mining Journal
Views: 404 deepdishpies
Centralia PA Pt 4
 
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Part four of my trip to Centralia PA on August 29th, 2007. My commentary sucks but oh well. I enjoyed myself there and that is all that matters.
Views: 5101 Donald Davis
Ashland Pa & Centralia's Painted Apocalyptic Lost Highway Abandoned Exploration
 
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A Drive through historic Ashland Pa the city that coal built . Plus I find the elusive abandoned lost highway of Pennsylvania ghost town Centralia . It's also Known as the painted highway and if you watch the vid you can see why . Centralia Pennsylvania is loosely based on the horror movie Silent Hill. When I was there it was lightly snowing or there was ash falling from the sky just like in the movies . Watch my other vid on the ghost town Centralia Pa . These places might not be beautiful in the sense of the word but they are great destinations to visit none the less . You learn about your country by exploring it . Follow me as I travel North America in my vintage camper van hunting down beautiful and historic places. Buckle up for the ultimate road trip adventure hosted by yours truly. Like my Facebook page a Life Worth Finding Follow my Tumblr blog a Life Worth Finding Like share comment and subscribe
Centralia PA Road Trip: The Town, Pt 2 of 5
 
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Sidewalks, steps, landscaping, telephone poles, stop signs no houses (well, maybe 3). Take only pictures; leave only footprints.
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