Ever wonder what is meant by ‘door to hell’, this wonder is situated in the country of Turkmenistan in the former Soviet Union. What is the true history and meaning of this place that now attracts tourist annually?
In the country of Turkmenistan, in the heart of the desert a crater dubbed ‘the door to hell’ has been burning for decades. Could you believe that this hellish desert pit has been on fire for more than 40years? Located in the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan, the pit attracts hundreds of tourists each year as well as nearby wildlife.
So how did this pit came to being, it was in 1971 when the country was still part of the soviet union, a group of soviet geologists went to the Karakum area in search of oil fields. They found the field to be full of oil and began drilling. Unfortunately the site collapsed, taking their equipment along with it down the hole. The scientist feared the hole may emit poisonous methane gas in the area and decided to put the hole on fire. The set the hole on fire and thought the fire will go out in few hours…that few hours has now turn to 40years and created a hole now dubbed the door to hell..
LITTLE FACTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY TURKMENISTAN.
Turkmenistan was formerly known as Turkmenia. It is a country in central Asia and was part of the former Soviet Union. The country has been at the crossroads of civilization for centuries. In join the Soviet Union and left it in 1991.
Turkmenistan possesses the world’s fourth largest reserves of natural gas. The site of the door to hell is still burning, attracting hundreds of tourist every year even the country president ordered for the pit to be filled back in 2010. The country natural gas reserve rank fifth in the world but has no international pipeline to convey it to the international market.