Turkmenistan “Gateway to Hell” Closed
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan’s leading leaders are experts in finding a way to finally extinguish a large 50-year-old fire in a giant natural gas crater in a Central Asian country called the “gateway to hell.” I ordered Citing environmental and economic concerns, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov appeared on state television yesterday, telling authorities to put out the flames at Darvaza Gas Crater in the middle of the vast Karakum Desert.
In 2010, Berdimuhamedov ordered experts to find a way to extinguish the flames that have been burning since the failure of the Soviet drilling operation in 1971. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said the artificial crater “has a negative impact on both the environment and health.” Of the people who live nearby. ” “We are losing valuable natural resources that can make great profits and use them to improve people’s well-being,” he said in a statement on television. Berdymukhamedov has instructed the authorities to “find a solution to extinguish the fire.”
The crater was created in 1971 during a Soviet drilling accident that collided with a gas cave, where a drilling rig fell and the Earth collapsed underneath. To prevent the spread of dangerous smoke, the Soviet Union decided to burn the gas. Since then, the pits have been on fire and previous attempts to extinguish them have been unsuccessful. The resulting crater – 70 m wide and 20 m deep – is a popular tourist attraction in the former Soviet Union. In 2018, the President officially renamed it “The Shining of Karakum.” – AFP
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