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  1. Mine Fire Burns on Beneath Pa. Ghost Town

    The ground’s still hot and a sulfurous stench lingers in the air. Some say a deliberate trash fire ignited a coal mine in Centralia, Pennsylvania, and it’s been burning since 1962, when the government ordered residents to evacuate. Cleaner energy is on the rise, but coal continues to provide nearly 50,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, the top U.S. provider of high-quality anthracite. But with 38 mine fires reported statewide — nearly impossible to extinguish — some worry these infernos will rage for thousands of years, similar to Australia’s Burning Mountain.


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