WATCH: New Drone Footage Shows ‘Door to Hell’ Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning for 40 Years

The crater, which measures 69 metres wide by 30 metres deep, was formed when a group of Soviet engineers exploring sources of natural gas saw their rig collapse - and the hole that remained has been alight since that day in 1971.
The crater, which measures 69 metres wide by 30 metres deep, was formed when a group of Soviet engineers exploring sources of natural gas saw their rig collapse – and the hole that remained has been alight since that day in 1971.

There are a lot of things that feel a little bit apocalyptic in the world at the moment. There are the freak weather phenomenons and also the fact everyone seems to hate each other, not to mention actual portals of fire in the ground.

This unreal drone footage has been taken of a crater in Turkmenistan – which is affectionately known as the ‘Door to Hell’.

Originally found over 40 years ago, the Darvaza Gas Crate is hidden deep in the Karakum Desert. The story goes that it was found by Soviet scientists who were on the hunt for oil. When their rig collapsed they worried that dangerous gases would be released into the atmosphere, so set it alight, thinking it would burn off in a few weeks.

Clearly, that wasn’t the case, as it’s still going strong, as we can see from these amazing images.

The crater itself is 69 metres-wide, 30 metres-deep and can reach temperatures of over 1,000C in certain spots.

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SOURCE: AMELIA WARD
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