One of the Rhondda’s most prominent land marks known locally as Old Smokey is set for fireworks once again, as the once dormant volcano shows signs of coming to life.
Smoke was witnessed rising from Old Smokey earlier this week, making Tylorstown and Staleytown residents very nervous indeed.
Also known as Llanwonno tip and Tylorstown Tip, amongst other names, Old Smokey is a constant reminder to Rhondda people of how the coal board tried to quash the might of planet Earth, by filling the Rhondda’s only volcano with waste from local mines.
The coal board thought they had succeeded in doing so, when back in the 1970s the smoke that used to rise from the tip, the very smoke that gave the tip it’s name, stopped. Street parties and carnivals were held all over Stanleytown and the local area to celebrate the fact that the volcano was no longer a threat.
But over forty years later, it looks like they’re attempts to stop mother nature have failed.
Local Rhondda vulcanologist, Dr Dai Nimoy, told My Rhondda News, “I can’t believe they had the audacity to think they could put out a volcano.” “That sort of thing only happens in the movies.”, he said referring to the 1997, Tommy Lee Jones Film in which Jones’ character thwarts a volcano and saves Los Angeles with fire engines and some concrete.
Local authorities have urged resident not to panic, and want to assure the public that any evacuations will be carried out, if needed, in plenty of time.
Gaye Smith, from Tylorstown told us, “It’s absolutely ridiculous really, I love going up the tip for a walk, and never knew it was a volcano, I just cant believe it really.”
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