Centralia, PA – On Fire Since The ’60s

In 1981, there were 1,000 people living in Centralia, PA. By 2010, there were less than a dozen. What happened? Well, there’s been a coal mine fire burning beneath the town since 1962. Sinkholes, toxic smoke, gas—the highway itself is hot to the touch. Residents apparently couldn’t deal. Although it’s been on fire for decades, experts believe that it may burn for another 250 years.

If, for some bizarre reason, this sounds like a place where you’d like to live, you can’t. In 1992, the state of Pennsylvania seized all the property in the town and condemned it. They allowed the then-current residents to stay, but once they’re gone, that’ll be the end of Centralia.

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