For the past few years, it has felt like a trial run through the end times. Thankfully, 2022 appears to be a promising start: Turkmenistan plans to close the fiery gas crater known as the “Gate of Hell”, presumably to prevent the other three knights of the apocalypse from following their mates the plague through it .
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said in a televised address on Sunday that the authorities will continue their efforts to put out the fires that have been burning for decades in the Karakum desert, AFP reportsThe crater is creepy, but in recent years has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Turkmenistan.
Citing environmental and economic concerns, Berdymukhamedov called on officials to “find a solution to put out the fire,” according to AFP. About 200 feet (70 meters) wide and at least 65 feet (20 meters) deep, the crater looks like a fiery gateway to another world, “with a negative impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents,” he said.
“We are losing precious natural resources from which we can profit handsomely and use it to improve the well-being of our people,” he said via AFP.
This is not the first time Berdymukhamedov has tried to close the gates of hell. In 2010, he ordered experts to put out the fire, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
The Dawaza gas crater, commonly known as “Gate of Hell,” “Mouth of Hell,” and other colorful apocalyptic nicknames, has been burning in the Central Asian country since 1971. Details about the crater’s origin remain a mystery, but the most common cause was a drilling accident in the Soviet Union, in which the ground beneath the rig gave way after hitting an air pocket. the story happened Soviet scientists underestimated the amount of fuel under their feet and lit sinkholes to burn off the newly emerging toxic gas and prevent the spread of dangerous fumes. Crews expected it to burn within weeks, but more than 50 years later, the fire is still burning.