may 27, 1972 - Centralia mine fire
The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States, since at least May 27, 1962. The fire is suspected to be from deliberate burning of trash in a former strip mine, igniting a coal seam.
The fire is burning in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet (90 m) over an 8-mile (13 km) stretch of 3,700 acres (15 km2). 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 1,400 at the time the fire started to 7 in 2013, and most of the buildings have been leveled.
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