These past few years have felt like a trial period for living in the end times. Fortunately, 2022 appears to be off to a promising start: Turkmenistan plans to seal off a flaming natural gas crater known as the “Gate of Hell,” presumably to prevent the other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse from pursuing their fellow pandemic through it.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said in televised remarks on Sunday that the authorities will renew efforts to put out a massive fire that has raged for decades in the Karakum desert. Agence France-Presse reports. Although terrifying and fascinating, the crater has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Turkmenistan in recent years.
According to AFP, Berdymukhamedov called on those responsible for environmental and economic concerns to “find a solution to extinguish the fire.” The crater, which is about 200 feet (70 meters) wide and at least 65 feet (20 meters) deep and looks like a fiery portal to another world, “negatively affects both the environment and the health of the people who live near it.” He said.
“We are losing precious natural resources from which we can get great profits and use them to improve the well-being of our people,” he told AFP.
This is not the first time that Berdymukhamedov has tried to close the gates of hell. Experts ordered the fires to be extinguished in 2010, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Known as “Hell’s Gate,” “Hell’s Mouth,” and other horrific color-coded nicknames, Darvaza’s gas crater has been on fire in the Central Asian country since 1971. Details of the crater’s origin remain a bit obscure, but it is most commonly attributed to an accident. A Soviet drilling where the earth under the drilling rig collapsed after it crashed into a gas cave. tell the story That the Soviet scientists, underestimating the amount of fuel under their feet, lit a fire in the stream to burn off the emerging poisonous gases and prevent the spread of dangerous vapors. The crew expected it to burn out within weeks, but more than 50 years later, the fire is still going strong.