Turkmen President orders closure of Gateway to Hell

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

 Turkmen President orders closure of Gateway to Hell

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered the closure of the Gateway to Hell.

According to reports, the pit, located in the Karakoram Desert, far from the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat, has been burning for the past 50 years and has been ordered to be extinguished by President Kurban Qulibardi.

Is there a gateway to hell?

The crater is 69 meters wide and 30 meters deep and is said to be from today

Built almost 50 years ago in 1971 during a Soviet drilling operation.

According to the BBC, Soviet geologists were digging for oil in the Karakoram Desert in 1971 when they discovered natural gas reserves, but during the excavation the ground sank and three large pits were formed. Methane was present.

According to reports, scientists set fire to one of these pits to prevent emissions of methane gas into the atmosphere and thought it would be extinguished in a few weeks.

Scientists have misjudged the gas in the pit because the fire is still burning 50 years later.

In addition, locals believe that the pit was built in the 1960s but did not catch fire until the 1980s.

 Now this pit has become the center of attraction of tourists in the country and about 6,000 tourists come here every year so in 2018 it was named as 'Shining of Karakoom'.

Think again, why did the President of Turkmenistan order to extinguish it?

Has anyone ever been inside the gates of hell?

George Corones, a Canadian tourist, was the first person to enter the gates of hell۔

In an interview with National Geographic, Coronis said he prepared for a year and a half before entering the pit, while taking soil samples from inside the pit for research.

How harmful is methane emissions?

According to the United Nations Environment Program, methane is a major contributor to groundwater pollution and the formation of greenhouse gases, causing one million premature deaths each year.


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