Thursday, February 11, 2016

Viral: Vacant lot in Sarangani keeps Flaring up ; Fire can’t be extinguished!

Sounds like a coal seam fire site is discovered in Sarangani.

In a video posted by Jover Lim Pelones in facebook on Tuesday a vacant lot at Maasim, Sarangani keeps flaring up for days made rounds in social media.

The local residents wondered why the fire lingers and can’t be extinguished by waters. Some fear it could jeopardize public health and cause environmental damage.

It can be seen in the video that while some residents played sticks it catches fire. A solid object such stone was also thrown in the midst that bursts like sulphur or something.

According to Pelones , the fire also ignites when water is being poured on the surface.

As of this posting, the video has already earned 500,000 pages views and 16,000 shares.


Umaapoy na lupa pagtinataponan nang kahit anung bagay. Ipikto nang malakas na init ba Ito??Maasim sar. province.
Posted by Jover Lim Pelones on Monday, February 8, 2016

It is still unknown the why said area keeps flaring up but the phenomenon is somehow related to a coal fire. According to an article published by Mental Floss, coal is a long-burning mineral hidden underground that can ignite when the circumstances are right (El Nino would contribute too). Those circumstances include contact with air, which happens when we try to take the coal out of the ground for our own purposes. In fact, there were places in Canada, USA, Germany, Australia and South Africa have been burning for long time due to coal seam fire. [ Read more : 5 Places That Are Still On Fire]

The good news, maybe there’s coal deposit in the area and means money but Coal fires are serious health and safety hazard, affecting the environment by releasing toxic fumes, reigniting grass, brush, or forest fires, and causing subsidence of surface infrastructure such as roads, pipelines, electric lines, bridge supports, buildings and homes. Whether started by humans or by natural causes, coal seam fires continue to burn for decades or even centuries until the fuel source is exhausted, a permanent groundwater table is encountered, the depth of the burn becomes greater than the ground’s capacity to subside and vent, or humans intervene.

Sources : Mental Floss / Wikipedia
Video Credits : Jover Lim Pelones

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