In the movie, Silent Hill, the town was based on the real town, Centralia, PA. Reactions discusses the underground fire that started 50 years ago, they explain what is fire from a chemistry perspective, and how it remains burning today.
In 1962, an underground fire started in the coal-mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania. Fifty-three years later, that fire still burns. In this week’s episode of Reactions, we explain the history and science behind the Centralia mine fire. Does anyone still live there? How could the fire keep burning for so long, and why hasn’t it been extinguished? From a chemical standpoint, what is fire, anyway?