Hey, your hole is burning!
Posted by mesablue on March 25, 2008
Adventures in engineering disasters involving drilling holes in things, part 2.
In 1971 a search for gas went wrong when a whole drilling rig fell into an underground cavern. Natural gas started coming up from the hole. It was set alight so it wouldn’t kill everything around. For 35 years now the flames keep burning providing an spectacular seen for tourists. At night the burning gas makes the crater seen from miles away. The crater is located in Turkmenistan in the heart of the Karakum desert. The crater is called Darvaza or The Burning Gates.
Click the linky above for lots more cool pictures of the big burning hole.