Mount Carmel faces a huge risk to this day. It’s neighbor, Centralia, fell victim to a garbage fire which spread throughout coal tunnels underground back in 1962. It can reach all the way to Mount Carmel, and this would lead to sinkholes occurring. Apart from that, toxic gases could very well impact the population’s health for the worst.
The Berkeley Pit had water pumps installed in order to prevent underground water from rising. This was a necessity since copper deposits were found in the area and was turned into a mine. However, the pumps were put to a halt and water started filling up the pit. The water level at this point in time is 1,000 feet deep.