If you want to see “the hell of fire or the door to hell”, you should visit the Darvaza Village located in Turkmenistan. Located in the middle of hot and expansive Karakum desert, the door to hell is a gas crater of a big hole measured 70 feet in diameter. It’s a great spectacle for global tourists who visit that country. The locals from Darvaza (also known as Derweze) have given the burning crater a name that suits it well – The Door to Hell. Everyone who visits Darvaza agrees with the name and finds it appropriate.
The large gas crater is a result of a Soviet gas exploration accident that began in 1971. At that time a group of Soviet geologists did some drilling activities in order to find some source of petroleum. But during the exploration, the ground around the area collapsed. As a result the heavy drilling rig became damaged and sank into a big hole. A moment later the natural gas came out of that location.
The group of Soviet geologists then decided to burn the gas out of fear that the poisonous gas would escape into the atmosphere. But what they did was useless. They thought that the gas would burn out within a few days. But in fact, 40 years later up to this day, the fire is still burning.
“The Door to Hell” is located in a desert area covering most of Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan is a former Soviet country which is rich in oil and gas resources, especially around the Sea of Aral, the Amu Darya River, and the Kyzyl Kum Desert.
At night, the light of fire from the hole looks beautiful from a distance. The village of Darvaza attracts tourists from around the world which is located 260 kilometers from the capital city of Ashgabat.
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