Turkmenistan plans to extinguish vast gas crater fire dubbed ‘Gateway to hell’

Turkmenistan plans to extinguish vast gas crater fire dubbed ‘Gateway to hell’

Turkmenistan’s leader has ordered experts to find a way to finally extinguish a massive five-decade-old fire in a giant natural gas crater in the Central Asian country, dubbed the “Gateway to Hell.”

Citing environmental and economic concerns, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov appeared on state television Saturday telling officials to put out the flames at the Darvaza gas crater in the middle of the vast Karakum desert.

In 2010, Berdymukhamedov also ordered experts to find a way to put out the flames that have been burning ever since a Soviet drilling operation went awry in 1971.

He said that the man-made crater “negatively affects both the environment and the health of the people living nearby”. 

“We are losing valuable natural resources for which we could get significant profits and use them for improving the well-being of our people,” he said in televised remarks. 

Berdymukhamedov instructed officials to “find a solution to extinguish…

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