Why Places became Ghost Towns - Multiple Choice

Do you know why these places have become ghost towns?
A ghost town is a place that used to be a city / town, but is currently uninhabited.
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1. Pripyat, Ukraine
Destroyed by Russian forces
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Nuclear power plant disaster
Destroyed by forest fires
Pripyat was evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster.
2. Pyramiden, Norway
Abandoned by a Russian mining company
Destroyed by forest fires
Lost to the sea
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Pyramiden, on Svalbard, was sold to the Soviet Union in 1927. The state-owned Russian mining company Arktikugol Trust abandoned the village in the 1990s when the mine closed.
3. Beaumont-en-Verdunois, France
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Destroyed in World War I
Destroyed by an avalanche
All inhabitants were murdered by German forces in World War II
Beaumont-en-Verdunois was destroyed during the Battle of Verdun in 1916, and never rebuilt.
4. Pleasure Beach, United States
Fire destroyed the bridge to the mainland
Coal mines closed down
Oil fields dried up
Textile factories closed down
In the late 1990s Pleasure Beach peninsula was cut off from the rest of Connecticut by a fire destroying the bridge connecting it, after which it was abandoned. It now is a tourist attraction.
5. Saint-Pierre, Martinique
Repeated flooding
Abandoned by the French
Destroyed by a hurricane
Destroyed by a volcanic eruption
Saint-Pierre was fully destroyed by the eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902, leaving (according to the legends) all but 2 residents dead.
6. Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda
Abandoned after creating a nature reserve
Economic decline
Destroyed by a hurricane
Lost to the sea
Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of the village on 6 September 2017, after which it was abandoned.
7. Jonestown, Guyana
Economic decline
Mass murder-suicide
Destroyed during clashes between Venezuela and Guyana over disputed territory
Destroyed by forest fires
Jonestown was established by the Peoples Temple Cult. The cult committed "revolutionary suicide" on 18 November 1978, after which the few survivors were relocated and the town was sealed.
8. Caraíbas, Brazil
Destroyed by forest fires
Abandoned when economic activities relocated
Destroyed for economic development of the area
Destroyed by an earthquake
Caraíbas was located over a geological fault. After a strong earthquake on 9 December 2007 the village was evacuated and abandoned.
9. Armero, Colombia
Destroyed by forest fires
Destroyed by a volcanic eruption
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Destroyed by FARC forces
Armero was covered by volcanic lahars from the Nevado del Ruiz volcano on 13 November 1985.
10. Agdam, Azerbaijan
Destroyed by landslides
Destroyed by an earthquake
Destroyed by Armenian forces
Economic decline
Agdam was captured in July 1993 by Armenian forces. The population was forced to flee, and the city partially destroyed.
11. Old Goa, India
Destroyed by the Portuguese
Lost to the sea
Destroyed by a hurricane
Wiped out by plagues
Old Goa was the second capital of Bijapur, and the administrative seat of Portuguese India. The population of 200,000 was ravaged by malaria and cholera epidemics, after which the last 1,500 residents were moved away to a nearby village in 1775.
12. Old Ayutthaya, Thailand
Abandoned after the influence of the Ayutthaya Kingdom declined
Destroyed by forest fires
Economic decline
Destroyed by Burmese forces
Old Ayutthaya was the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom in modern Thailand until it was destroyed by Burmese forces in 1767.
13. Paoua, Central African Republic
Destroyed by forest fires
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Abandoned after the mines ceased operations
Destroyed by government and rebel forces
Paoua and many villages in the region have been abandoned after heavy fighting and killings by both government and rebel forces between 2005 and 2008.
14. Kolmanskop, Namibia
Abandoned because of the harsh desert climate
Abandoned after the Germans moved all economic activity to Windhoek
Abandoned after the mines dried up
Destroyed by rebel forces
Kolmanskop was a German diamond mining settlement created in 1908. It was abandoned in 1956 after the diamond supply dried up.
15. São Martinho dos Tigres, Angola
Abandoned after the mines dried up
Lost to the sea
Destroyed by rebel forces
Severed water supply due to rising sea levels
São Martinho dos Tigres was a fishing settlement on Ilha dos Tigres. Its water supply came from a nearby town on the mainland, but as sea levels rose the supply line was severed. São Martinho dos Tigres was abandoned shortly afterwards.
16. Kelso, New Zealand
Repeated flooding
Destroyed by landslides
Destroyed by a volcanic eruption
Abandoned after the mines ceased operations
Kelso was repeatedly flooded by the Clutcha river. After a major flood in 1980 it was decided to move the settlement entirely.
17. Farina, Australia
Unsuitable soil for farming
Economic decline
Abandoned after the mines ceased operations
Flooded by the construction of a dam
The town was established in 1878 when rain was plentiful as a farming community in the outback of South Australia along a newly established railway line. It was abandoned when inhabitants discovered crops did not grow well under normal rain conditions.
18. Venture, New Zealand
Destroyed by landslides
Economic decline
Abandoned after the mines ceased operations
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Venture used to process beech bark, but as the value of bark declined and costs of transport rose the village was abandoned.
19. Lindenfeld, Romania
Lost to the sea
Flooded by the construction of a dam
Destroyed by landslides
The last inhabitant died
The last resident of Lindenfeld, Paul Schwirzenbeck, died in 1998.
20. Bommenede, Netherlands
Destroyed by forest fires
Lost to the sea
Economic decline
Abandoned after the creation of a nature reserve
Bommenede was flooded multiple times, with the last flood in 1682 leaving the village too destroyed to rebuild. It was left in the water, and can still be seen in the Grevelingen lake.
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What about Centralia,Pennsylvania and it's underground mine fire?