Centralia Ghost Town
On 27th May 1962, Centralia ghost town, Pennsylvania faced such phenomenon that the consequences of that event exist till date.
History of Centralia Ghost Town Mine Fire
The citizens of Centralia were preparing themselves for their memorial celebrations that were to take place a day after.
However, prior to the celebration, they had to deal with an issue that was cleaning up the landfill.
The city council meeting that held earlier determined that they would be cleaning up the 300 foot wide, and 75 feet long mine, by putting it on fire.
Getting rid of the trash items by burning them was a common practice then.
However, the only concern is that the Centralia ghost town had been a huge coal mining zone in the past, and the mine was situated on top of an old coal mine. They set the landfill on fire using hosepipes.
They sprayed the flames to hold the fire under control and waited until the trash was completely burnt. Little did they know that they would be waiting for 55 years.
The fire snibbed onto an old coal layer from the mine and gradually spread through the mines under the city.
Even though the flames were covered during the day on the 25th of May, more fire was seen on May 29th.
Working on extinguishing the fire and then discovering the fact that the fire emerged again after every other day continues for weeks.
And when there were no fire signs, locals would complain about the smell of trash and coal coming out of the pits constantly.
The authorities tried everything in order to extinguish the fire for several years. They forced water into the mines frequently. They shrouded the surface with clay, trying to suppress the fire.
They forced a slurry of water, ash, and rocks in the mine, however, nothing worked. Ultimately, they had to give up due to having no choice. Later, the city was doomed.
Families were repositioned to nearby towns. After 2013, only 7 denizens’ allowed to live in the city.
The exterior of the streets is no anymore hot like they were prior since the blaze has moved deeper into the earth.
Though you could still see the smoke coming out of the ground in some places. Parts of Route 61 had to shut down and relocated since it wasn’t a safe passage to drive anymore.
And because coal generates lethal carbon monoxide, the air is not safe to breathe in specific areas, as well.
Centralia Ghost Town Church
When the fire began, there were 5 churches in the Centralia ghost town. They vanished, one by one.
In 2015, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church ran a trip to Pennsylvania church whilst he was on tour in the US.
Currently, only as of the recovered structure left, is the church that is remaining in Centralia. Former occupants pay their visit to the Centralia ghost town to only attend ceremonies at the church.
Father Michael Hustko proffers doughnut and coffee to the worshippers after the ceremony.
In the meantime, the government says that the fire could continue to burn for 100 years, some people in the neighborhood don’t take it as a threat whatsoever.
The church continues to stand still on its rock-hard establishment as a symbol of strength and devotion.
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