“Gates of Hell” to be closed
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13th Jan, 2022
Turkmenistan's president wants to close a popular tourist attraction known as the "Gates of Hell." The site is a spectacular natural gas crater that has burned for decades.
What is the 'Gates of Hell'?
- The "Gates of Hell" is located roughly 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat.
- The site is 60 meters (190 feet) wide and 20 meters (70 feet) at its depth.
- Turkmenportal, a Turkmen news site, said the "Gates of Hell" first formed in 1971 when Soviet geologists hit a natural gas cavern in the large Karakum Desert, causing it to collapse by accident.
- Soviet geologists started the fire to prevent the spread of natural gas, mistakenly believing it would be extinguished in a short period of time.
- Decades later, the "Gates of Hell" is still burning, like the inferno it is named for.
Why are there demands to close it?
- There are ecological damage and economic concerns.
- The natural gas fire "negatively affects both the environment and the health of the people living nearby."