Wikisurfer 003 – Fiery Abandon

For episode 003, Brandon and Kyle surf through a coal fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, a list of very unusual ghost towns, the life and times of Harry R. Truman who died in the Mt. St. Helens eruption, stories from the California Gold Rush, the End-Permian Mass Extinction, and the Sandwich Islands.

It’s a nice episode. Take a listen and see just how many explosions we chucked in there.



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The Centralia Coal Fire

Smoking crack through Route 61 in Centralia _ Wikimedia user JohnDS

Centralia Coal Fire

This Abandoned Pennsylvania Town Has been On Fire For 53 Years (Huffington Post)

The Eruption Of Mt. St. Helens

Mt St Helens

Reid Blackburns Car

The 1980 Eruption Of Mt. St. Helens

Additional Photos of the Eruption (

Ghost Towns


Kolmanskop House _ Wikipedia.jpg

Ghost Towns

Bodie, California

Pripyat, Ukraine



St. Kilda, Scotland

Varosha, Famagusta

Hashima Island

Harry R. Truman

Truman Helens.jpg

Harry Truman

Harry R. Truman

California Gold Rush

Forty-niner panning for gold

California Gold Rush

SS Central America

The Whaling Vessel Niantic

Merchant ships fill San Francisco harbor, 1850–51


Samuel Brannan

The Niantic Hotel in 1850 _ Wikipedia


End-Permian Mass Extinction


End-Permian Mass Extinction

The Sandwich Islands

Sandwhich Islands AKA Hawaii _ NASA

Hawaiian Islands

Captain James Cook.jpg

Captain Cook


Intro by Lee Shook

Outro by Joyce Ferder Rankin

Founder of Centralia, Alexander Rae, played by Lee Nocella

Lead Molly Maquire played by Steve Ashlee

Harry R. Truman played by Joseph Casper Baker III

Bodie Minister played by Jeremy Bridgman

Samuel Brannon played by Arturo G. Codina

Additional Sound Design by Patrick Sullivan

With input from Stephanie Nau-Ronalds & Katie Boyer

Voice Of America Archive, Cuban Missile Crisis, 2962:

Original Chernobyl Evacuation Announcement:

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) Sound, CC BY-SA 4.0:

Recording of a Japanese Robin by Peter Boesman, recorded in 2015, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: