A flame in the desert: what does the crater of the "Gate of Hell" look like?


A huge crater of fire has been active since the beginning of the 1970s in Turkmenistan.The Darvaza gas crater, where a flame burns permanently, has existed for several years in Turkmenistan, writes the daily Izvestia. Tourists and locals often call this place "Gate of Hell".
In 1971, Soviet geologists discovered a gas field near the village of Darvaza in northern Turkmenistan. They started drilling, but during this process it turned out that there was a big vacuum under the gas field: the platform collapsed under the ground with all the equipment.
Fortunately, no geologist was injured, but to prevent a gas leak it was decided to set it on fire. The specialists thought that the gas would burn for a few days, but since the crater burns day and night.
Residents of neighboring regions and tourists come to observe this unusual phenomenon. The diameter of the crater is 60 m, its depth is 20 m – dimensions comparable to an amateur football field. Several similar craters are nearby, but their pressure is lower and the fire does not burn. This place is relatively safe for humans, but wild animals or domestic livestock can no longer escape.
The village of Darvaza, which gave its name to the crater, was razed in the early 2000s. A few years later, Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow ordered the crater to be buried. What has not been done yet.
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