Turkmenistan is going to extinguish the “Gates of Hell”

(ORDO NEWS) — President of Turkmenistan Berdimuhamedov ordered the extinguishing of the Hell ‘s Gate gas crater .

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to extinguish the burning gas crater Darvaza, popularly called the “Gates of Hell”, located in the Dashoguz region. He gave instructions on Friday, January 7, during a government meeting, Turkmenportal reports.

According to the head of Turkmenistan, gas coming out of the ground negatively affects the health of local residents and the environmental situation.

Berdimuhamedov also noted that natural gas is consumed, which could be exported. He instructed Deputy Prime Minister Shakhym Abdrakhmanov to find a way to extinguish the crater and called for the involvement of scientists if necessary.

In November 2021, the Turkmen authorities banned local residents from visiting the “Gates of Hell” without special permission.

The Darvaza crater appeared in 1971 at the site of an accumulation of underground gas. Before that, there was an oil rig, but it fell into an underground void.

To prevent the gases escaping from poisoning people and livestock, the authorities decided to set fire to the crater. It was assumed that the fire at the field will go out after a few days, but the fuel has continued to burn for 50 years.

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