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Turkmenistan's 'Gateway to Hell' to be extinguished

January 9, 2022 | Comment icon 6 comments

Is extinguishing the fire even possible ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 flydime
Efforts are currently underway to extinguish the fiery pit which attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Located in Derweze, Ahal Province, the burning pit received its terrifying nickname due to its ominous appearance and because it has remained on fire for more than 40 years.

Originally thought to be an oil field site, it has been speculated that the pit was opened up by Soviet engineers after a drilling rig they set up collapsed into a large crater.

Concerned about the release of toxic fumes, they set the gas on fire believing that it would burn out within weeks, but instead it remained alight for more than four decades.

Now though, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has declared that the 'Gateway to Hell' is to be extinguished - putting an end to the inferno once and for all.
"[The crater] negatively affects both the environment and the health of the people living nearby," he said during a recent television address.

"We are losing valuable natural resources for which we could get significant profits and use them for improving the wellbeing of our people."

There is a snag, however - Berdymukhamedov had previously instructed experts to find a way to extinguish the fire all the way back in 2010 but they were unable to come up with a solution.

Whether things will be different this time around remains to be seen.

Source: MSN.com | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 4 months ago
This is so cool. Mainly because if they use water and the temperatures drop to the typical -20C then hell might really freeze over and finally Emily Broadhurst from my school days will date me as she clearly said, only if hell freezes over. Now, where did I put her number? 
Comment icon #2 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 4 months ago
Build a pipeline from nearby lake or ocean, drown it, end of toxic fumes.
Comment icon #3 Posted by NCC1701 4 months ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gumball 4 months ago
Get it round ye, Emily.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 4 months ago
It's quite a hole and theres some other strange hellish holes nearby, the water crater with bubbly murky water and the muddy crater with fire blazing mud.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 4 months ago
Wild stuff. How the hell do you put out something like this?

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