this earth is burning under her feet…centralia, pa

A collapsed section of PA Route 61. Centralia, Pennsylvania
A collapsed section of PA Route 61. Centralia, Pennsylvania

centralia, pa is a ghost town in columbia county nestled between different coal mining towns. In 1962, fire had spread underneath the town through the town’s mining tunnels.

A day trip with Delaware County Hikers and Adventurers to Centralia, PA.. a ghost town with only a few souvenirs from its past

We were looking for areas where smoke was rising from the earth & ended up walking down the closed section of Pennsylvania route 61 which started to collapse in the 90s as the fire was raging underneath and causing the road to cave.

We finally take a walk around what is left of the main drag in Centralia, PA.
Unfortunately we did not find as many places with smoke coming out of the ground as we hoped. The only area with smoke rising from the ground appears at the beginning of the video.

All the music you hear in the video was written and played by Nic Bommarito.

You may recall a similar mining town, Rhyolite in NV, which disappeared years ago.

By Kinan Faham

"the Silent Camera" was conceived in 2009 and was inspired by the music of Arvo Part especially his piece "Silentium". I perceive the modern world as oscillating between two extremes that are analogous to two of Arvo Part's pieces: "Perpetuum Mobile" represents the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sea of people surrounding you, the noise in the streets, the deadlines, the challenges and the lessons to learn, the new technologies and risks facing our civilization, the musical pieces you learn [or fail to master],.. etc. "Silentium" represents the resolution of every musical note, every spoken word and every movement of your day. It is the moment that you are most likely to remember after the day's noise has settled and its turbulence has subsided. It is the moment that we all crave and the moment that will allow us to persist to the next day when the Perpetuum Mobile cycle starts again.

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