Thursday, April 11, 2013
Slate profiles the "Door to Hell" in Derweze, Turkmenistan:
In 1971 a Soviet drilling rig rumbled across the hot, expansive Karakum desert of Turkmenistan in search of natural gas. They found a large gas pocket near the 350-person village of Derweze, but as the team drilled into the earth, the rig punctured the cavern and collapsed into it, creating a 328-foot crater leaking deadly natural gas. The Soviets abandoned their rig and lit the hole on fire. It has been burning for 40 years.
The article also lists these other places of neverending fire:
- Centralia, the Pennsylvania town sitting atop a massive coal fire
- Burning Mountain, the 6,000-year-old coal fire that moves one meter per year
- Yanar Dag, the "fire mountain" of Azerbaijan