Door To Hell: Giant Crater Has Been Burning For 40+ Years
This apocalyptic crater found in the middle of a deserted desert has been nicknamed “The Door to Hell”. The Darvaza crater is a 69metre wide, 30 metre deep crater that has burned continually for more than four decades. It was created when a group of Soviet engineers exploring for sources of natural gas saw their rig collapse – creating the deep crater. Fearing dangerous gases will be released into the atmosphere, they set it alight in the hope it would burn off in a few weeks. But it hasn’t stopped burning since that day in 1971, becoming a major tourist draw to the sparsely populated Derweze region of Turkmenistan. Drone operator and photographer Alessandro Belgiojoso captured stunning, HD footage of the eerie sight.