The Gate of Hell

The way to Hell is easy:
Night and day the gates of black Ditis stand open.
— Virgil

While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas.

The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 230 ft. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn it off.

Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today.

Locals have dubbed the cavern “The Door to Hell.”

Images: twentytwowords

Also: wikipedia

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