Authorities Aim to Close the Fiery “Gates of Hell” Sinkhole From Turkmenistan

Authorities Aim to Close the Fiery “Gates of Hell” Sinkhole From Turkmenistan

If you want some proof that the world’s holy books weren’t joking when they were writing about how bad Hell is, you could analyze at least one of the numerous fiery stars from the Cosmos. The conditions there are far beyond what a human being is able to withstand.

But luckily or not, there’s also something similar happening on Earth. The Karakum Desert from Turkmenistan can prove it. If you go there, you’ll find a fiery sinkhole that measures 230 feet and continues to burn for half a century. There’s no wonder why they call it the “Gates of Hell”.

Turkmenistan officials attempt to close the ‘Gates of Hell’

According to, the officials from Turkmenistan finally want to close the famous sinkhole. It was about time, we would say, as someone could get hurt if they go there!

It’s not the first time someone is decided to close the fiery sinkhole that’s located about 150 miles north of the capital of Turkmenistan. Roughly twelve years ago, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the President of Turkmenistan, tried to stop the burning of the sinkhole but failed. Later on, he declared the place a tourist destination.

YouTube video

Here’s how the “How to Survive” YouTube channel describes the place:

For nearly 50 years, Turkmenistan has had a fiery reminder of an idea that looks good on paper doesn’t always pan out the way you’d like it to when it comes to the real world application of said idea. Look no further than the outskirts of a Derweze, a small village of 350 people in the middle of the Karakum desert. It is there a 230-foot-wide crater has been burning off methane gas since 1971.

As expected, thousands of people visit the ‘Gates of Hell’ every year, and perhaps many more will come.




Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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