- Aug 25, 2004
- Berkeley Co. WV/ Loudoun Co. VA
I figured the equipment was for something like that. I thought it look pretty cool. there was another site like that but beside a house. as for the gases and the ground opening up to swollow us up, it didn't happen and we're still here. we figured if there are a few people still alive and you can drive though the town seeing from the road the gases coming up, we'd be OK. if it were REALLY bad, they would have put up tall fences (no, not to keep the gases in) and closed the roads for miles around.kb2vxa said:Hi all,
Being quite familiar with the case thanks to an uncle who was a foreman at the Glen Burnie Mine I can tell you that it's been burning since long before you were born unless you're about a hundred years old. It started in a bank near the city of Shamokin and follows the coal seam underground which just happens to be one of the greatest in North America. This thing will still be burning when your grandchildren are born.
That is monitoring and telemetry equipment, the government keeps a careful watch on such hazardous conditions, especially one spreading and creeping underground. Centralia isn't the only place it appears above ground, it's a very big fire and I have seen vents near the mine up close and personal that look volcanic complete with fire and brimstone. That's not simply a Biblical description of Hell, brimstone is an ancient name for vapor deposited crystaline sulfur.
It's best to heed the sign, those sulfurous gasses ARE POISONOUS and can kill you before you know it, you probably know all about carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and the worst of all, hydrogen sulfide. They're not kidding, the ground CAN open under you and plunge you into the fire, it has happened to houses, it can happen to you!
I can't stress it enough, the town of Centralia Pennsylvania no longer exists and the area is NOT a tourist attraction.