Centralia: Five Decades of Mine Fire - Lunch and Learn
Course Sponsor: PA DEP - Bureau of Mining Programs
Lunch and Learn on Centralia mine fire.
The Centralia Mine Fire is coal seam fire that has been burning underneath Centralia since at least May 27, 1962. The original cause of the fire is still a matter of debate. The fire is burning in underground mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an 8-mile stretch of 3,700 acres. At its current rate, it could continue to burn for over 250 years.
The fire caused most of the town to be abandoned The population dwindled from around 1,500 at the time the fire started to 7 in 2013, and most of the buildings have been levelled.