The Gate of Hell in Turkmenistan

The Gate of Hell in Turkmenistan

The Gate of Hell in Turkmenistan

Terrible. The fire is blazing from inside a hole in the Karakum Desert, Derweze, Turkmenistan. People call that hole with the name “The Gate of Hell”. But strangely, the gate of hell is always visited by many people. In fact, this place is a tourism object.

But first, do not believe that the hole was really the gate of hell. The name of “The Gate of Hell” is only used by people to refer to the large fire pit. The extent of this place is approximately twice of soccer field with more than 30 meters depth.

The Gate of Hell is formed due to human error. In 1971, the drilling of gas from Russian workers who digging the soil in this place with heavy equipment. However, in the place where they dug underground there is an abyss. The chasm was filled with toxic gas. So, to prevent gas does not spread everywhere, the workers decided to burn this hole. Expecting it to only burn just for a few days.

Now, 44 years after the incident, the fire in the hole is still burning. Hmmm, lest this hell hole was indeed the gate of hell.



terrible means causing fear or dread or terror


blaze is a strong flame that burns brightly


strangely means in a strange manner


pit is a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)


extent is the distance or area or volume over which something extends


approximately means imprecise but fairly close to correct


due means suitable to or expected in the circumstances


drill means make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool


abyss is a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)


chasm is a deep opening in the earth’s surface


prevent is to keep something from happening


an incident refers to a particular happening, sometimes criminal but always noteworthy.


lest is because of the possibility of something undesirable happening; in case.


indeed means in truth (often tends to intensify)

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