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History Bookshelf: Joan Quigley

Centralia, Pennsylvania Mine Fire (1969)

Centralia, Pennsylvania Mine Fire (1969)

Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
Saturday, December 22, 2012

Joan Quigley talks about her book, "The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy."  50 years ago the Centralia, Pennsylvania landfill was set on fire.  That fire made its way into an abandoned coal mine beneath the town.  To this day that fire continues to burn underground, releasing poisonous gas and creating sinkholes.  The town was been condemned and only a handful of people still live there.

Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:38pm (ET)

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