The ‘Gateway to Hell’, a popular tourist destination in Turkmenistan, is about to close. President Kurbanguli Berdymukhametov has ordered the extinguishing of a fire that has been burning here for years.
The decision was made citing the adverse effects on the health of people living around the ‘gates of hell’. The natural gas crater, known as ‘The Gates Of Hell’, is about to close. The burning natural gas crater is located about 160 miles north of the capital, Ashgabat.
It is a desert pit that has been burning continuously for decades. The Gates Of Hell is a major tourist attraction in Turkmenistan. It is not easy for foreigners to enter Turkmenistan, so the number of tourists here is lower than in other countries.
The crater, known as The Gates of Hell, formed in 1971 when the earth was dug to extract gas. Its diameter is about 60 meters and its depth is about 20 meters.
While digging the earth, they set fire (Burning Fire) here to prevent the leaking gas from spreading. In fact, it was expected that the gas would burn out in a few weeks, but it has been burning continuously for decades.
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