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FOPABOMB - THE DOOR TO HELL!

In 1971 a Soviet oil operation went wrong when a rig collapsed into a large natural gas crater. The diameter of the crater is 69 metres (226 ft)!!! So what to do when you find such source of natural gas? SET IT ON FIRE, of course. Geologists expected the gas to be over in few weeks so they could cover the hole with dirt and move on. Turn out that the gas seems to be endless and its being now burning for over 40 YEARS! In 1971 a Soviet oil operation went wrong when a rig collapsed into a large natural gas crater. The diameter of the crater is 69 metres (226 ft)!!! So what to do when you find such source of natural gas? SET IT ON FIRE, of course. Geologists expected the gas to be over in few weeks so they could cover the hole with dirt and move on. Turn out that the gas seems to be endless and its being now burning for over 40 YEARS! Traveltip: Where to sleep: camping with your own gear is the best option. You can either stay near the crater or sleep at the nearby train station.