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'Door to Hell' has been burning for 40 years

Posted on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 | Comment icon 28 comments | News tip by: BrianPotter

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A huge flame pit in the depths of Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert has been on fire for over four decades.

Often referred to as 'The Door to Hell', the pit looks like something out of a dark fantasy novel. It was ignited when Soviet geologists drilled at the site in 1971 and tapped in to a cavern filled with natural gas, causing the ground above to collapse. Concerned about a release of poisonous gases the team decided to burn it off - however 40 years later the fire is still going strong.

Nowadays the site of the pit has become a significant tourist attraction with visitors from all over the world traveling to see it for themselves. It isn't clear how long the spectacle will last before the fire goes out.

"At first glance, it could be a dramatic scene from a science-fiction movie."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by csspwns on 30 July, 2012, 0:54
lol the soviets were probably like, "we released bad gas and its burning in a hole? who give a damn lets get outta here!" this is why i like CoD Modern Warfare 2 Mission 4: No Russians
Comment icon #20 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 30 July, 2012, 9:45
So its been burning for 40 years and no-one thought of using the heat to run a genertor etc, my first thought is what a waste the same as volcanoes why dont they use the energy saves burning coal.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Myles on 30 July, 2012, 11:22
Sure makes my efforts of conserving a little nat gas seem worthless. I thought the same when I watched the Olympic opening ceremonies. That torch has already burned more gas than I will in my lifetime.
Comment icon #22 Posted by MrScioscia on 31 July, 2012, 2:06
If you look closley, you can see former pope John Paul waving.
Comment icon #23 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 31 July, 2012, 6:03
If you look closley, you can see former pope John Paul waving. Sorry but I think thats a bit of a harsh statement.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Pod99966 on 31 July, 2012, 14:05
We have this giant pit burning for 40 years and people keep saying SUV's are causing global warming.
Comment icon #25 Posted by DeathRain2012 on 31 July, 2012, 16:10
Alright now everyone, welcome to the infernal fires of hell. I will be your guide today and I just want to start off by advising you to keep all hands and feet inside the cart at all times. Do not touch the flames unless you're told to do so. If you are frightened at any time.. then get the hell over it. Haha just some humor folks. I would like to take this time to wish all of you luck. You will need it. Let's ride.
Comment icon #26 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 31 July, 2012, 21:17
There's a very good documentary on Centralia
Comment icon #27 Posted by Myles on 31 July, 2012, 21:23
There's a very good documentary on Centralia i found it very interesting when I first read about it a few years ago.
Comment icon #28 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 2 August, 2012, 4:47
Now that I'm not at work... Centralia Documentary in its entirety.

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