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Darvaza Crater near the (former) village of Derweze, Turkmenistan: While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The drilling rig collapsed leaving a crater of 230 ft in diameter. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to let the gas burn off. Geologists expected it would only take a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. The Door to Hell by hazmcm

Darvaza Crater near the (former) village of Derweze, Turkmenistan: While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The drilling rig collapsed leaving a crater of 230 ft in diameter. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to let the gas burn off. Geologists expected it would only take a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. The Door to Hell by hazmcm

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