Photo credit: John H. Bradley

Ok, so “door to hell” is just a nickname given to the burning gas craters in Darvaza, Turkmenistan by locals, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that its glow “can be seen from miles away during the dark night.” According to photographer John H. Bradley, these were a result of a Soviet gas exploration accident in 1971. Videos after the break. Click here for the first picture in the gallery.

Decades ago, geologists were drilling for gas when they hit an underground cavern filled with gas. The drilling rig and camp collapsed into the cave and ignited the gas, which has been burning ever since.

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