Centralia - the first branch of hell on Earth
• Centralia - the first branch of hell on Earth
You probably remember well the sensational at the time thriller "Silent Hill": the story of a ghost town, under which the blazing inferno turned out and really fascinating. Maybe, because the basis of the plot lay a real city of the American heartland, where an underground fire is raging for half a century. Welcome to the Centralia - a branch of hell on earth.
City landfill is traditionally burned in early May. 1962 is not an exception: on the disposal of waste A group of five volunteer firefighters. As always, they set fire to garbage deposits, wait until they burn through and extinguished embers. The work was slipshod: deep in fetid piles already warm spark future hellfire.
Embers deep in garbage heaps fell into a hole abandoned coal mine. Hence the flames quickly spread to the entire network developed long ago mines. All five attempts to stop the spread of fire failed. Over the streets of the city hung a suffocating stench - of carbon monoxide cost the lives of ten people.
We live on a volcano
However, until 1979 the residents of Centralia were not even aware of the true scale of the fires. True opened by a local gas station owner he checked the level of fuel in the underground tank of the probe, which showed an unusually high (78 ° C) gasoline temperature. On that day, residents of the city in amazement realized that actually live on a volcano.
But all the time the city was a problem. In 1981, 12-year-old Todd Domboski fell into a huge pit that suddenly rend right under your feet boy. Out of the pit depth of 45 meters and a width of one and a half meters Todd had to pull brother. The incident was the beginning of the end as the Centralia city: a boy fell in front of the inspection team, which included State Senator and city prosecutor.
Three years later, the incident Domboski US Congress decided to allocate $ 43 million for the resettlement of citizens Centralia. The vast majority of happily jumped at the opportunity to get out far away from the burning of the ground underfoot. But a few families remained in their homes, flatly refusing to leave the city. The motives of these people are completely incomprehensible: even while the village looked like a true branch of hell.
Now Centralia there are only seven people. A couple of years ago, most of the city buildings just demolished, and now only the green meadows lie on the location of houses and roads. The remaining houses are gradually covered with thickets - now the city looks exemplary illustration of how fast the planet is able to destroy the traces of humanity.