Inside Coober Pedy, the Australian mining town where residents live, shop, and worship underground

Residents have turned the old opal mines into makeshift homes to escape the oppressive​ heat.
Residents have turned the old opal mines into makeshift homes to escape the oppressive​ heat.

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In the middle of the Australian Outback, there’s a town where chimneys rise from the sand and big red signs warn people of “unmarked holes.”

Welcome to Coober Pedy, the town that lives underground.

What began in 1916 as perhaps the largest opal mining operation in the world has since expanded into a subterranean community that is safely out of reach from the region’s 120-degree summers.

Entire bedrooms, bookstores, churches, and bars are installed in the carved underground walls of Coober Pedy — and after 100 years of living in these “dugouts,” the folks who call it home have no plans of stopping.

Here’s a look inside the underground mining town of Coober Pedy.

Coober Pedy is located in South Australia, over 1,000 miles from Canberra, the country’s capital city.

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Residents brace for big melt after their homes encased in ice

Residents brace for big melt after their homes encased in ice

Homes along the shores of Lake Erie in Hamburg, New York were encased in ice creating stunning images.

“It was really unique I mean it was horrific and beautiful at the same time,” said Hank Kleinfelder, a Hoover Beach resident.

He recalls the waves reaching a height of about six feet days earlier. With temperatures well below freezing and sustained winds of up to 60 to 80 km/h, it created the perfect mix for the thick ice build-up.

UGC: lake erie home encased in ice. SOURCE: HANK KLEINFELDER

Source: Hank Kleinfelder, submitted

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The icy spectacle attracted dozens to the shores of Hoover Beach, raising concerns from residents and emergency personnel.

“It was pretty dangerous because wet ice is really slippery and so it was a

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