The ‘Gates of Hell’ could soon be extinguished in Turkmenistan due to its ecological damage | World News

The so-called “Gates Of Hell” in Turkmenistan could soon be extinguished, after the country’s leader said it was causing ecological damage.

However, rather than being a supernatural portal to the underworld, the name refers to the site of a dramatic burning crater in the ground, around 160 miles north of the capital city of Ashgabat.

The hole, which is 20 metres (70ft) deep and 60 metres (190ft) wide, was said to be formed after a gas drill collapsed in 1971, according to local news site Turkmenportal.

The crater fire named "Gates of Hell" is seen near Darvaza, Turkmenistan, Sunday, July 12, 2020. The president of Turkmenistan is calling for an end to one of the country's most notable but infernal sights — the blazing desert natural gas crater widely referred to as the "Gates of Hell." The crater, about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the capital Ashgabat, has been on fire for decades and is a popular sight for the small number of tourists who come to Turkmenistan, which is difficult to en
It has been affectionately nicknamed the Gates Of Hell. Pic: AP

It was set alight in an effort to burn off the natural gas, with the expectation it would only take a few weeks to complete.

It is unclear exactly when the crater started to burn, with some sources saying it may have been set alight a decade later.

For decades it has been a big draw to the handful of tourists that enter the notoriously…

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