In 1971, a drilling rig was looking for natural gas near the town of Darvaz. The rig struck a massive underground cavern, which collapsed, pulling the rig into the ground and releasing the natural gas. As a safety measure, it was decided to ‘burn’ off the gas to keep the poisonous fumes from spreading. The crater continues to burn today.
And it gets weirder from there.
An unconfirmed rumor is that the local government there claims the crater was caused by a meteor strike. Also, the name of the town Darvaz or Derweze actually means “gate”, which is odd since the town dates back to before the 1971 drilling accident.
The coordinates to the crater are said to 40°15′8″N 58°26′23″E, which can be found with Google Earth. A round crater can been seen at the location. By following the coordinates, it appears the crater is in Uzbekistan, while the town on Darvaz is in Turkmenistan, actually making both of the sources above correct.
But what is this thing?
It is similar to Mel’s Hole outside Ellensburg Washington State, except Mel’s Home was never reported to be on fire and the Darvaz Hole was never said to bring dead pets back to life. Still, they are oddly reminiscent.
Both are Devil’s Holes, Doors to Hell, Gates to Hell in their naming, as mentioned above, the one on fire being located near a town that’s name means ‘gate’. Was there a gate or portal there before the burning crater that is there now?
And why the two stories, one from local government officials and one generally expected? Are both made up to cover up another explanation?
Video below of the Door to Hell from englishrussia.com.