Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Gates of Hell

This is a 328 foot wide hole that has been burning for 38 years.  In the early 1970s, the Soviets were drilling a hole when they (oops) punctured a large natural gas pocket.  The ground collapsed pulling the drilling equipment with it.  Poisonous gases leaked out and to prevent a catastrophe, they set it on fire.

Need to enter the underworld for any reason?  Here you go.  It is located in Turkmenistan.


Anonymous said...

That's wicked cool. How close can the average person get to it? Is it a touristy thing, like the volcanoes in Hawaii?

Mark Alford said...

I'm flattered that you think I know the answers to these questions. :)

I gave you all I know. :(