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View Diary: The Poisoned Pennsylvania Town, Abandoned in 1984 (239 comments)

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  •  closest thing to coverage I've seen (6+ / 0-)

    was in an episode of history channel's Life After People.
    video link is here.
    no discussion of causes, since that's not the focus of the series (which is seeming more relevant by the day)

    it does mention that the fire is so hot that water poured into it could separate into its components, and result in a hydrogen explosion.
    that would not be good.

    The Republican Party will never die until there is a new political home for racists.

    by kamarvt on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 05:52:05 AM PDT

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    •  I've read, heard numerous stories on it (1+ / 0-)
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      across the decades. Also, IIRC (correct me if I'm wrong), this phenomenon was shown as a deleterious side effect of shaft mining in a Steven Seagal movie, "The Fire Down Below."

      I don't think it's particularly hidden or ignored by the press. It simply happened long ago, the residents were moved, there are lots of coal fires up and down the Appalachians so this was a matter of degree (a whole town!) but not kind, and for now it has relatively little relevance to current events. Done deal 'til the next time such a problem costs anyone significant $$$.

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