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GATES OF HELL

GATES OF HELL

Context:

The Gates of Hell, Darvaza gas crater, or the Door to Hell is a natural gas field located in Turkmenistan.

Why in the News?

  • Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov recently instructed officials to find a way to extinguish the country's 'Gates of Hell.'

Important Points:

  • Turkmenistan's Gates of Hell is a blazing flame, which has been burning for fifty years in a large natural gas crater.
  • This is not the first time that officials have been instructed to find a way to put out this massive fire.
  • The decision was taken as a man-made crater adversely affects the environment and the health of people living nearby.
  • Gateway to Hell is not a natural phenomenon. But despite this fact, the crater attracts many visitors from all over the world.

Gates of Hell:

  • Gates of Hell is 225 meters wide and 99 feet deep, crater.
  • It is 70 meters wide, with an area of ​​5.5 square meters.
  • It is a natural gas site located in a cave near Darvaza in Turkmenistan.
  • It is believed that, in 1971, a misunderstanding of Soviet scientists led to the creation of the crater.

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