The leaders of Turkmenistan hope the fire at “Hell’s Gate” will be extinguished

The President of Turkmenistan calls for an end to one of the country’s most famous but hellish sights

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan-The President of Turkmenistan has called for an end to one of the country’s most famous but hellish scenes-the burning natural gas crater, widely known as the “Gate of Hell.”

The desert volcanic crater, located about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the capital Ashgabat, has been burning for decades and is a popular attraction for a small number of tourists visiting the inaccessible country of Turkmenistan.

According to the Turkmen portal, a Turkmen news website, a natural gas drilling collapse in 1971 formed the crater with a diameter of about 60 meters (190 feet) and a depth of 20 meters (70 feet). In order to prevent the gas from spreading, geologists lit the fire and expected the gas to burn out within a few weeks.

The spectacular but unpopular fires that have burned since then are so famous that national television showed President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov driving an off-road truck speeding around it in 2019.

But according to Turkmenistan’s national newspaper Neitralny Turkmenistan on Saturday, Berdymuhamedov has ordered his government to find ways to put out fires because it is causing ecological damage and affecting the health of residents in the area.