Turkmenistan’s leader, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, recently ordered a team of experts to find a way to finally extinguish the huge fire that has been burning in a giant natural gas crater for five decades, making it famous
We had already told you about the particular history of the Gate of Hell, which has been burning continuously for over 50 years, and that is why, by quoting environmental and economic concerns, President Berdymukhamedov ordered the officials to shut down the
As early as 2010, Berdymukhamedov had urged experts to find a way to resolve the situation, which has continued undisturbed since a Soviet drilling operation in 1971 proved to be bankrupt, creating gas spills.
The artificial crater “has a negative impact on both the environment and the health of people living nearby,” said Berdymukhamedov in a recent official interview with national media.
“We are losing valuable natural resources for which we could make significant profits and use them to improve the well-being of our people,” he continued in a comment, “we absolutely need to find a solution to extinguish the fire.”
The crater (remember) was created in the 1970s during a Soviet drilling accident that hit a gas cave, causing the fall of the drilling platform and the consequent collapse of the earth under it.
To prevent the spread of dangerous fumes, creating further environmental damage and the population, the Soviets decided to burn the gas by burning it. Since then, however, all attempts to shut it down have not been successful.
The crater, 70 meters wide and 20 meters deep, has thus become, despite it, a popular tourist attraction of Turkmenistan. But this is not the only one to boast of the macabre and disturbing “title,” in fact the mysterious doors to hell between myths and legends are different.