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Old 11-06-04, 09:13 PM
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130-year-old Chinese fire put out

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3978329.stm

A fire that broke out more than 100 years ago at a Chinese coalfield has finally been extinguished, reports say.
In the last four years, firefighters have spent $12m in efforts to put out the flames at Liuhuanggou colliery, near Urumqi in Xinjiang province.

While ablaze, the fire burned up an estimated 1.8m tons of coal every year, according to China's official Xinhua news agency.

Local historians said the fire first broke out in 1874, Itar-Tass reported.

Hou Xuecheng, head of the Xinjiang Coalfield Firefighting Project Office, said the Liuhuanggou fire was the largest among eight major coalfield fire areas in Xinjiang.

The burning coal emitted 100,000 tons of harmful gases - including carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide - and 40,000 tons of ashes every year, Mr Hou told Xinhua.

The continuing blaze is also thought to have caused environmental damage to the region.

Xinjiang accounts for 1.8 trillion tons, or 40.6%, of China's total coal reserves.

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Now if we can only get the Springfield Tire Yard fire under control.....
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actually it(tire fire) was put out, but then re-started again.

(was it the hollywood people that did it leaving town?)
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So that's why we have global warming.
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Ouch.
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Hooray for Kyoto!

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And here I thought it was going to be a story about two Chinese lovebirds who met in 1874, and were still having sex until one of them croaked this weekend, breaking their 130-year sex craze. Oh well.
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130 years? geez...no hurry huh?
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So that's why we have global warming.
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fuck that's a pretty intense fire.
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Seems like it would be more cost effective to just build an electricity plant over the fire...
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To honor this achievement, until further notice, all Chinese Fire Drills must be performed VEEEERRRRYYYY SLLOOOOWWWWLLLYYYY...
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Originally posted by Birrman54
Hooray for Kyoto!

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Are you cheering because China is not abided by Kyoto?
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Wow. And I thought 43 years was bad.
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
To honor this achievement, until further notice, all Chinese Fire Drills must be performed VEEEERRRRYYYY SLLOOOOWWWWLLLYYYY...
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now if only Pennsylvania would do the same thing....
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The thing that amazes me about these long term mine fires is how the fire gets a supply of air. If coal is mostly carbon and 1,8 Mt burn per year, that requires 4.8 Mt of O2 and produces ~ 6.6 Mt of CO2 (all numbers need a little adjustment for impurities in coal and incomplete combustion producing some CO)

Air is only 21% O2, so 23 Mt of air have to get to the fire. It would seem like entrances could be choked off.

(See how fun chemistry can be )
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I hear the core of the earth is still on fire. We better get on that.
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Originally posted by OldDude
The thing that amazes me about these long term mine fires is how the fire gets a supply of air. If coal is mostly carbon and 1,8 Mt burn per year, that requires 4.8 Mt of O2 and produces ~ 6.6 Mt of CO2 (all numbers need a little adjustment for impurities in coal and incomplete combustion producing some CO)

Air is only 21% O2, so 23 Mt of air have to get to the fire. It would seem like entrances could be choked off.

(See how fun chemistry can be )


words words words words BURN!!!! words words words words FIRE!!!!!
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Originally posted by RoQuEr
now if only Pennsylvania would do the same thing....


I'm pretty sure that they have stated that theoretically that fire could go on forever.
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putting that fire out was inebwittable.
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
To honor this achievement, until further notice, all Chinese Fire Drills must be performed VEEEERRRRYYYY SRROOOOWWWWRRRYYYY...
Now that is uncalled for.
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Originally posted by crankyman
putting that fire out was inebwittable.
Kim Jong Il is Korean, not Chinese.
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