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(PennLive)   Residents of the underground-burning town of Centralia, PA are now allowed to live there until they die of totally natural causes unrelated to plumes of toxic gas rising around them   (pennlive.com) divider line 97
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2013-10-30 01:19:26 PM
Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.
 
2013-10-30 01:36:22 PM
Sounds like nothing but trouble.
 
2013-10-30 02:00:12 PM
It'd make for one hell of a supervillain hangout, that's for sure.
 
2013-10-30 02:05:15 PM
There's a handful of houses left -- none right on the main streets anymore -- a church and a fire station. You don't even get to see the creepy blue glow at night anymore. I'm assuming the actual fire has consumed enough in "town" to take that away.

This was always about trying to get the mineral rights, nothing more, nothing less. Judges smacked down the homeowners 20 years ago and most of them bailed then.
 
2013-10-30 02:07:24 PM

vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.


Some people are repulsed by stressful city life and prefer the idyllic charms of the countryside?

Not in Centralia though. It's the gateway to hell.
 
2013-10-30 02:15:24 PM
I've made the trek to Centralia three times. It's absolutely amazing to me that place exists. The massive Russian Orthodox church on the ridge overlooking town just seals it all. And the grid of streets with almost no houses.

It's a little unnerving to be walking along a shut-down interstate where the surface is soft from the underground heat, and where small plumes of smoke are billowing up from the ground here and there through the woods. And then you see a massive sinkhole and realize that one of those could, really, open up pretty much anywhere at any time.

If you like peace and quiet, though, and don't mind a little bit of odor on the air, it's a great place to live.
 
2013-10-30 02:17:46 PM
That looks like a place I'd like to check out.
 
2013-10-30 02:26:27 PM
Came for pics of circa 1990 Demi Moore from that movie, leaving disappoint.
 
2013-10-30 02:27:44 PM
Yay, we won!  Oh wait.
 
2013-10-30 02:29:04 PM
Darwin in action.
 
2013-10-30 02:29:49 PM

vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.


That's I-81. At least going from Harrisburg to the Lehigh Valley, you have I-78.
 
2013-10-30 02:33:13 PM

cgraves67: vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.

Some people are repulsed by stressful city life and prefer the idyllic charms of the countryside?

Not in Centralia though. It's the gateway to hell.


Yeah, it reminds me of something out of the Twilight Zone.
 
2013-10-30 02:35:07 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Sounds like nothing but trouble.


I (unfortunately) see what you did there.
 
2013-10-30 02:37:11 PM

Oldiron_79: Came for pics of circa 1990 Demi Moore from that movie, leaving disappoint.


Why don't you find them yourself?!

...fine. Here you go you lazy bastard!

m.cdn.blog.hu
 
2013-10-30 02:41:40 PM

vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.


Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"
 
2013-10-30 02:42:10 PM
Those idiots want to stay?  Then let them wrap themselves in their pride while their homes sink into the ground.
 
2013-10-30 02:42:32 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've made the trek to Centralia three times. It's absolutely amazing to me that place exists. The massive Russian Orthodox church on the ridge overlooking town just seals it all. And the grid of streets with almost no houses.

It's a little unnerving to be walking along a shut-down interstate where the surface is soft from the underground heat, and where small plumes of smoke are billowing up from the ground here and there through the woods. And then you see a massive sinkhole and realize that one of those could, really, open up pretty much anywhere at any time.

If you like peace and quiet, though, and don't mind a little bit of odor on the air, it's a great place to live.


It's amazing how big that vein is.

/that sounded dirty
 
2013-10-30 02:42:46 PM

Ivo Shandor: Gecko Gingrich: Sounds like nothing but trouble.

I (unfortunately) see what you did there.


I don't understand why that movie doesn't get more love. *Hot* Demi + funny Chevy + cross-dressing John + cock-nose Dan + diapered Dan + backup Tupac + a Damn Yankees inspired roller coaster = hilarious. How has it not at least garnered a serious cult following?
 
2013-10-30 02:44:23 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Ivo Shandor: Gecko Gingrich: Sounds like nothing but trouble.

I (unfortunately) see what you did there.

I don't understand why that movie doesn't get more love. *Hot* Demi + funny Chevy + cross-dressing John + cock-nose Dan + diapered Dan + backup Tupac + a Damn Yankees inspired roller coaster = hilarious. How has it not at least garnered a serious cult following?


Hell, checking out IMDB it even had a Murray and a Baldwin!
 
2013-10-30 02:45:17 PM

FrancoFile: Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"


REALLY? Wow, I never heard THAT one before....
 
2013-10-30 02:46:24 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Those idiots want to stay?  Then let them wrap themselves in their pride while their homes sink into the ground.


It's not pride. They think the danger from the mine fire is being intentionally overstated to scare them off their land so the company can get their coal.
 
2013-10-30 02:47:31 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Oldiron_79: Came for pics of circa 1990 Demi Moore from that movie, leaving disappoint.

Why don't you find them yourself?!

...fine. Here you go you lazy bastard!

[m.cdn.blog.hu image 850x478]


Hey, it's the comedian who played a really creepy villain in Last Boy Scout.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-30 02:48:30 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've made the trek to Centralia three times. It's absolutely amazing to me that place exists. The massive Russian Orthodox church on the ridge overlooking town just seals it all. And the grid of streets with almost no houses.

It's a little unnerving to be walking along a shut-down interstate where the surface is soft from the underground heat, and where small plumes of smoke are billowing up from the ground here and there through the woods. And then you see a massive sinkhole and realize that one of those could, really, open up pretty much anywhere at any time.

If you like peace and quiet, though, and don't mind a little bit of odor on the air, it's a great place to live.


Yup, that church is farking bizarre. I love walking around, checking out the old cemetary near the trash dump. Usually try and ride my motorcycle over that way at least once a year to see how the surroundings are changing.

But gods... the smell. Ever piss on the rocks in a sauna? Very similar....
 
2013-10-30 02:50:17 PM
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2013-10-30 02:50:39 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Ivo Shandor: Gecko Gingrich: Sounds like nothing but trouble.

I (unfortunately) see what you did there.

I don't understand why that movie doesn't get more love. *Hot* Demi + funny Chevy + cross-dressing John + cock-nose Dan + diapered Dan + backup Tupac + a Damn Yankees inspired roller coaster = hilarious. How has it not at least garnered a serious cult following?


this is one of my favorite stupid movies from my teen years. first time i watched it, though, i thought "wtf did i just watch?"

/smells like sao paulo!
 
2013-10-30 02:50:47 PM
this isn't a grab for mineral rights.   it's an effort to contain and conceal the truth.
 
2013-10-30 02:53:30 PM

amindtat: FrancoFile: Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"

REALLY? Wow, I never heard THAT one before....


I hadn't. Usually it's Kentucky jammed in between.

/Pennsylfarkingtucky
 
2013-10-30 02:55:40 PM

FrancoFile: vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.

Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"


Pennsyltucky
 
2013-10-30 02:56:35 PM
as a guy who was born in shamokin, just up old 61 from centralia, let me say this.

the only perople who think this is a mineral rights grab are crazy and somehow ignore that your shoes melt when walking over portions of centralia.

ashland is prbly gone as well.  who knows how far that vein runs.
 
2013-10-30 02:59:09 PM

ElwoodCuse: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Those idiots want to stay?  Then let them wrap themselves in their pride while their homes sink into the ground.

It's not pride. They think the danger from the mine fire is being intentionally overstated to scare them off their land so the company can get their coal.


Well, if the article is right and it took the state 21 farking years after the fire started to say "hey, maybe you might want to think about moving someplace that's not on fire", I guess I can see how they might think that.
 
2013-10-30 02:59:12 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've made the trek to Centralia three times. It's absolutely amazing to me that place exists. The massive Russian Orthodox church on the ridge overlooking town just seals it all. And the grid of streets with almost no houses.

It's a little unnerving to be walking along a shut-down interstate where the surface is soft from the underground heat, and where small plumes of smoke are billowing up from the ground here and there through the woods. And then you see a massive sinkhole and realize that one of those could, really, open up pretty much anywhere at any time.

If you like peace and quiet, though, and don't mind a little bit of odor on the air, it's a great place to live.


Ladies and Gentlemen, we've found something so unnerving that it forces PN to break character...Pennsyltucky.
 
2013-10-30 02:59:46 PM

farkinfilipino: this isn't a grab for mineral rights.   it's an effort to contain and conceal the truth.


Wow, that's awesome.
 
2013-10-30 03:00:40 PM
Well, whatever the truth is, I'm certain mining companies wouldn't deliberately put people at risk to save a buck. Or, if it has ever been proven that they have, and I'm admitting to nothing, then they wouldn't ever do it again.


And this is the state, iirc, that put into law a cap on any lawsuits over fracking damage, correct?
 
2013-10-30 03:03:02 PM

FrancoFile: vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.

Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"


Actually, the state is less than 300 miles wide and I've always heard the term "Pennsyltucky" used. Also, it should really only include people between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The eastern half of the state is fine for the most part. It's the western half (and I would include Pgh in there as well) that's the scary part. It's why I've always advocated cutting the state in half and letting OH and WV fight over the western half.
 
2013-10-30 03:03:15 PM
Too bad you can capture the geothermal energy and convert it to electricity. With my GED in Geothermal Technology, I'd reason that it would be incredibly easy to do this and that everyone else is just a lot slower to see the obvious.
 
2013-10-30 03:04:58 PM
If they want to die, let them die.
Same damn people don't want to go during a hurricane, volcano, tsunami or other disaster.
 
2013-10-30 03:11:34 PM

jxb465: FrancoFile: vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.

Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"

Actually, the state is less than 300 miles wide and I've always heard the term "Pennsyltucky" used. Also, it should really only include people between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The eastern half of the state is fine for the most part. It's the western half (and I would include Pgh in there as well) that's the scary part. It's why I've always advocated cutting the state in half and letting OH and WV fight over the western half.


I always kind of felt the same, until I lived around Lancaster. Maryland can keep that stinking sinkhole mess. Central and northeast would be a fun state though.
 
2013-10-30 03:11:34 PM

jxb465: FrancoFile: vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.

Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"

Actually, the state is less than 300 miles wide and I've always heard the term "Pennsyltucky" used. Also, it should really only include people between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The eastern half of the state is fine for the most part. It's the western half (and I would include Pgh in there as well) that's the scary part. It's why I've always advocated cutting the state in half and letting OH and WV fight over the western half.


"You take it." "No, you take it!"
 
2013-10-30 03:12:29 PM
The town used to have a different name before the hell mouth opened

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-30 03:12:51 PM

rogue49: If they want to die, let them die.
Same damn people don't want to go during a hurricane, volcano, tsunami or other disaster.


Sadly we can't just do that, though. People who do stupid things often end up costing us money or worse, putting other people in harm's way. Saying "you're on your own, nobody will come help you no matter what" is really not an option. Unfortunately.
 
2013-10-30 03:13:12 PM

cranked: farkinfilipino: this isn't a grab for mineral rights.   it's an effort to contain and conceal the truth.

Wow, that's awesome.


Indeed!  It's like they have the makings of their own Neon Genesis Evangelion going on there. Awesome!
 
2013-10-30 03:13:41 PM

ElwoodCuse: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Those idiots want to stay?  Then let them wrap themselves in their pride while their homes sink into the ground.

It's not pride. They think the danger from the mine fire is being intentionally overstated to scare them off their land so the company can get their coal.


How is the coal useful now? Unless they've figured out how to extinguish this monster?
 
2013-10-30 03:13:50 PM

thecpt: FrancoFile: vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.

Pennsylvania is often described as "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with 600 miles of Alabama in between"

Pennsyltucky


West Pennsyltucky. Gotta get it right.
 
2013-10-30 03:14:04 PM

farkinfilipino: this isn't a grab for mineral rights.   it's an effort to contain and conceal the truth.


Oh wow. That's...
 
2013-10-30 03:14:30 PM
Mr. Coffee Nerves:

This was always about trying to get the mineral rights, nothing more, nothing less. Judges smacked down the homeowners 20 years ago and most of them bailed then.

Mineral rights? Are you joking? Any minerals (read coal) burned away years ago. All that is left is sink holes, sulfur plumes and people that want to be left alone.

The cemetery that had no snow in the middle of winter was kind of creepy.

EnderWiggnz:
ashland is prbly gone as well.  who knows how far that vein runs.

I thought it was burning toward Mt Carmel. I don't remember since I haven't visited there in almost 10 years.
 
2013-10-30 03:15:45 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Too bad you can capture the geothermal energy and convert it to electricity. With my GED in Geothermal Technology, I'd reason that it would be incredibly easy to do this and that everyone else is just a lot slower to see the obvious.


Ha! That's banker talk there, I bet!
 
2013-10-30 03:16:31 PM

Harry Freakstorm: Too bad you can capture the geothermal energy and convert it to electricity. With my GED in Geothermal Technology, I'd reason that it would be incredibly easy to do this and that everyone else is just a lot slower to see the obvious.


You don't want to drill anymore holes in an attempt to get at the thermal energy. Drilling holes gives an oxygen path. Last time test bores were drilled (at the height of the panic) the strength of the fire was increased because of the increased oxygen supply.
 
2013-10-30 03:18:28 PM

vernonFL: Silent Hill spookyness aside, who wants to live in Central PA anyways?

Harrisburg maybe, at least there is some civilization there. Between Harrisburg and Scranton there isn't much going on.


The Poconos are very nice, it's a great place to vacation and retire too.

If you move to a college town it's not uncivilized and you can get broadband internet.
 
2013-10-30 03:18:57 PM
This is by no means the oldest mine fire. There is one still burning near New Straitsville, Ohio that was started during a labor dispute in 1884.http://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/New_Straitsville_Mine_Fire?rec=5 21


One burns in Germany from the 17th century. Then there's Burning Mountain in Australia, believed to be over 6000 years old.
 
2013-10-30 03:25:22 PM

Elfich: Any minerals (read coal) burned away years ago.


You mean that coal that continues to burn to this day and most experts say will burn for another millennium?
 
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