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Turkmenistan’s chief needs ‘Gates of Hell’ fireplace put out

Turkmenistan’s chief needs ‘Gates of Hell’ fireplace put out

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The president of Turkmenistan is looking for an finish to one of many nation’s most notable however infernal sights — the blazing pure gasoline crater extensively known as the “Gates of Hell.”

The desert crater situated about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the capital, Ashgabat, has burned for many years and is a well-liked sight for the small variety of vacationers who come to Turkmenistan, a rustic which is tough to enter.

The Turkmen information web site Turkmenportal stated a 1971 gas-drilling collapse shaped the crater, which is about 60 meters (190 ft) in diameter and 20 meters (70 ft) deep. To stop the unfold of gasoline, geologists set a fireplace, anticipating the gasoline to burn off in just a few weeks.

The spectacular if unwelcome fireplace that has burned ever since is so famend that state TV confirmed President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov dashing round it in an off-road truck in 2019.

However Berdymukhamedov has ordered his authorities to search for methods to place the hearth out as a result of it’s inflicting ecological injury and affecting the well being of individuals dwelling within the space, state newspaper Neitralny Turkmenistan reported Saturday.

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