Turkmenistan intends to close the gas crater renowned as the ‘Gates of Hell’

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Turkmenistan’s president has stated that he intends to close the “Gates of Hell,” a renowned tourist attraction. The location is a massive natural gas crater that has been burning for decades.

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan’s president, announced on Saturday that he intends to put out the fires in the Darvaza natural gas crater.

The “Gates of Hell,” as the place is called in Central Asia, is a renowned tourist destination.

Berdymukhamedov appeared on state television on Saturday, ordering government employees to extinguish the fire, citing environmental and economic concerns.

The natural gas fire, he claimed, “has a bad impact on both the environment and the health of the people who live nearby.”

“We are losing important natural resources for which we might make large profits and use them to improve the well-being of our people,” he added in his speech.

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Gates of hell

The “Gates of Hell” are about 260 kilometres (160 miles) north of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital. The location is 60 metres wide (190 feet) and 20 metres deep (70 feet).

The “Gates of Hell” were formed in 1971, according to Turkmenportal, when Soviet geologists accidentally hit a natural gas cavern in the vast Karakum desert, causing it to collapse.

Soviet geologists lit the fire on the incorrect belief that it would be extinguished quickly, in order to prevent the spread of natural gas.

The “Gates of Hell” are still blazing and have been for decades, just like the inferno it is named for. The president called it “Shining of Karakum” in 2018.

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In 2010, Berdymukhamedov ordered the flames to be extinguished. Attempts to eliminate the “Gates of Hell” in the past have failed.

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Berdymukhamedov sped past the “Gates of Hell” in an off-road vehicle on state television in 2019.

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