It turned out that in Turkmenistan there is a “Door To Hell“! But certainly not a hell of a wicked person who has died, but more than a hole as deep as 90 meters filled with flames. Even the fire has been there since 40 years ago, wow!
The location of the Door To Hell is in the Karakum Desert, near the village of Derweze, Turkmenistan. Door To Hell was formed in 1971. At that time, the Soviets built a drilling location in the Karakum Desert. When creating a rig drilling tool, the soil which is used as a foundation sudden onset of landslides and created a hole that is wide and deep. The hole contains a lot of natural gas. The Source gas leak would have triggered the emergence of toxic methane gas. To minimize the environmental disaster is greater, the Soviets finally burn the site. Initially, the experts at the site of the leak of gas estimate the fire will be extinguished within a few hours, but in fact until now the coals are still there.
Door To Hell became one of the tourist destinations in Turkmenistan, and rake in hundreds of tourists every year. It is ranked number five, as a source of natural gas in the world. Natural gas is a fossil fuel that consists of methane (CH4). The gas can be found in the mining area, one of which is a coal mine.
At that time, the Soviets were so keen to look for natural gas because a lot of benefits. Some of them are as fuel or steam power plants, as raw material for fertilizer plants, petrochemical and plastics factories. In addition, natural gas is also used as an export commodity for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Interested in visiting Door To Hell? You can start the journey from the capital of Turkmenistan, the Ashgabat. Overland journey takes 4 hours to cover a distance of 276 kilometers.