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Old Centralia Cemetery III

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Centralia, PA is a Modern Ghost Town in the Pennsylvania Coal Country

In 1961, near Centralia, Pennsylvania, a trash fire in an abandoned open pit mine spread to an exposed coal seam. Forty years later the underground fire is still burning and the towns of Centralia and Byrnsville have all but disappeared. It's estimated that forty million dollars have been spent on relocation of the population and unsuccessful fire control efforts. Byrnsville is completely gone, without a single building still standing. In Centralia, fewer than a dozens buildings remain where 1,200 residents once lived. The holdouts, citizens who have refused to leave, don't believe the evacuation and destruction of the towns was necessary or justified. But steam and hot gases from the fire still vent continuously from the hillside at the south end of town and a smell of burning pervades the air on most days. Areas south of the town center, including a section of state highway, have subsided into the ground where the fire has eaten away the supporting coal beneath. The effect is similar to a slow-motion earthquake. The majority of residents accepted government financed relocation to escape the perceived dangers of environmental pollution and ground subsidence. Many stayed as close as possible, settling in neighboring towns.
IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
4288x2848px 6.16 MB
Make
PENTAX
Model
PENTAX K-x
Shutter Speed
1/180 second
Aperture
F/6.3
Focal Length
55 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
May 14, 2011, 11:51:53 PM
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That's really amazing.
I hope you don't mind if I use this for my wallpaper ^^
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This picture reminds me a bit of Sleepy Hollow
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i fucking love this.