Fire Down Below

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
How incredible and haunting are those photos? In 1971 in the village of Derweze, Turkmenistan there was a drilling accident where a massive underground natural gas cavern was punctured causing the ground to collapse and creating a hole of poisonous fumes. To minimalize the potential environmental catastrophe, geologists set the hole on fire but the crater hasn't stopped burning since. It's been over 40 years since that day! Have you heard about this before? xo

P.S: You can read more about it here.

(Thanks Sarah)

38 comments:

marissa said...

oh my gosh this is insane! how i have never heard about this is beyond me.. great find diana!

bicocacolors said...

Oula la!!!!

Diana have a happy day,
Elena

Belly B said...

These photos are absolutely,insanely gorgeous. Amazing!

<3 Belly B

Kristin H said...

Gorgeous! Fittingly now when all the English Airports are closing before the smoke from Island is arriving again...
Have a fab day!

Kristina said...

I think I read about this before, it is really crazy! But the pictures are beautiful!! xox

Diana Mieczan said...

Kristin, I read about it this morning! My mom managed to catch her flight this morning to Greece. Lucky her:)

keishua said...

wow. that is crazy. It looks beautiful but I am sure everyone wants it to be over.

jillian m. said...

These photos are amazing. It's interesting how something so dangerous can be so beautiful.

Couture Carrie said...

Incredible pics!

xoxox,
CC

Sarah said...

Oh wow. I've not heard of it before. It looks really amazing yet so very scary at the same time!

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow! these photos are absolutely breathtaking!!

A76 said...

Wow! Great pics and an interesting story - thanks for sharing!
xoxo

songbird said...

i haven't heard of it before..those are stunning photos!
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Courtney Erin said...

This is just amazing. Wow.


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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow that's incredible! The photos are spectacular too. Hope you're having a lovely day, sweetie :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

wow. crazy pictures!! never heard of this before.

sherri lynn said...

wow that's crazy! the pictures are really cool!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

whoa! that's so fascinating!!!

Marjorie Rose said...

No, I never heard of it before but this is amazing! Scary but amazing..

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Wow- this is amazing! I've never heard of this before! Thanks for sharing! I love learning things like this because I'm a huge dork! :) Love the photos!

Stephanie said...

Whoa, that's insane!! Kind of like the underground mine fire that's been burning in Centralia, PA (less than 2 hours from where I live) since 1962!

Sara Szatmary said...

Those look like they're straight from a movie! Stunning.

angie said...

i've never heard of this place. amazing! i really really wish that maybe in my next lifetime i can travel and see all the wonders (not just the 7) of the world like this one.

Tish said...

No, I have never heard of it, but that's crazy

photohogger said...

Whoa, so intense!

La Feem said...

What a lesson, the earth is so powerful, we need to stop messing with it!!

Megan said...

Oh my goodness, I've never heard of this! And it's still burning?! I'm off to visit that link you shared.

traci zeller designs said...

WOW. I'm speechless. Just visited your link. That is remarkable - and I've never heard of it. If that were in a more developed area, it would be all over the news.

Amber Blue Bird said...

thats crazy. I had never heard this story before but I want to learn more now!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Those are unbelievable! So beautiful yet so eerie at the same time. xo

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Amazing photos and amazing story. Not sure I would be standing next to it though. :-)

little t said...

How have I never heard of this? The photos are unreal.

jonalynn said...

It's both tragic and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Krystal said...

that is crazy!

shopgirl said...

I have read about it and apparently it's quite toxic but definitely a tourist magnet. I think I've read it where some people refer to it as "hell."

It's just fascinating! xo

made-to-travel.com said...

Gawsh, these pics are extraordinarily beautiful and frightening at the same time.

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

This is amazing! I've never heard of this before. Off to read the article now!

Annie said...

incredible.. never seen this before!

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