Fire raging in the Door to Hell of Karakum desert for last 40-years

Fire raging in the Door to Hell of Karakum desert for last 40-years

Aşgabat : Turkmenistan | Jul 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM PDT
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It is known to locals as the ‘Door of Hell’ or ‘Derweze’.

It is a fire which has been raging for more than 40-years inside a giant 70-meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert which lies east of the Caspian Sea in Turkmenistan.

To the uninitiated it might appear to be a result of impact of some terrestrial object but it was manmade.

This has been reported in the of the 27th of July 2012.

It seems the fire began in 1971 when Soviet geologists drilled into a cavern 260-Km north of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

This cavern contained large amounts of natural gas which caught fire and caused the ground under the drill rig to collapse leaving the hole.

The flames generate a golden glow and this is visible for miles around Derweze, a tiny village with a population of about 350.

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