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Desc:'This crater was created sometime in the 50's when the Soviets were prospecting for natural gas'
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Nature & Places
Tags:fire, uzbekistan, crater, door to hell, natural gas
Submitted:Albuquerque Halsey
Date:03/24/08
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Comment count is 36
Aelric
insert elder scrolls joke
Camonk
The Rooskies got a flaming hole in the ground? Shit. It's time for the Grand Canyon to step up its game.
wtf japan
We must not allow a flaming crater gap!

Gwago
Man, that crater looks like hell.
*ZING*
Caminante Nocturno
So, if you went there and saw a bunch of midgets fighting over a ring, would you bother doing anything?
Aelric
i'd do something. set up a betting office.

Thatcher Pennywhistle
This *will* someday be part of the arena for a futuristic deathsport.

Aelric
CROSSFIRE!!!! YOU CAN COUNT ON THE NUDGE!!!

zatojones
In Soviet Russia "prospecting" probably meant "dropping a bomb on"
baleen

It meant a bunch of drunk guys fulfilling a quota that some bigger guys didn't care about unless it resulted in a Travant and a townhouse closish to Red Square and the int'l class of tartine eating hypocrites.


baleen

WOW BEER

kiint
anybody got some weenies and marshmellows?
DrVital
Big deal. There was a tire fire by the Turnpike in New Jersey that lasted for years.
FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown
I'm guessing they found some.
StanleyPain
So this is where the Marines do their training, fighting lava beasts and all, right?

I would love to visit this place. Reading up on it, it appears it's the only notable land feature for miles of desolate landscape. It would be so surreal. Like going to the gates of hell or something.
kingofthenothing
You can't fight a lava beast with an M-16. Not unless you have ice bullets.

RockBolt
This is why you don't smoke when prospecting for natural gas
Valkor
By the looks of it they hit a under pressured pocket and lost all of their drilling fluid down hole. A blowout then occurred which lowered the pressure enough in the pocket they hit to cause that crater you see. They were probably trying to flare the kick, but given the shallow depth (this crater thing only occurs when the under pressured pocket is hit at shallow depths) this occurred at the flare ended up being their doom just as much as their entire rig being destroyed by the collapse.

This is really a nasty problem when it occurs offshore because the drilling boat will just sink when all of the gas bubbles are not very good for floating on top of purposes. There is some speculation that the Bermuda triangle has a lot of gas hydrates underneath it and the occasional releases of methane gas there is what causes the disappearances.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
Yes Mr. Data, we understand.

Rodents of Unusual Size
Look, it done made it firey! Shee yoot.

Valkor
This is really a nasty problem when it occurs offshore because the drilling boat will just sink when all of the gas bubbles come up as they are not very good for floating on top of purposes. *
voodoo_pork
This was my favorite level in Pitfall.
SARS
It's the entrance to Hell, from Tristram!!
Severian
Is this near where Doom 3 was envisioned?

TeenerTot
There's a town in eastern America that sits atop a vast abandoned coal mine that has been burning for years. Hmmm....maybe I can find a video or a link to it.
TeenerTot
If anyone is interested, here's a little article about the town of Centralia, Penn.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/PACENmine.html

Squeamish
Yes. It's called SILENT HILL.

RockBolt
Centralia is really neat, but its more steam and road buckling and less big flaming hole in the ground. Still definitely worth seeing and whipping up some jiffy pop on top of

Albuquerque Halsey
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=129063&title =coal-country

StanleyPain
It'll be interesting 10, 20, even 40 years down the road what'll happen to Centralia. It isn't a gaping flaming pit.....yet.

RockBolt
The fire is progressing though thin veins of anthracite coal and old underground workings, most of the fire is past where the town used to be (notably under the old section of route 61). The only real collapses have been shafts and tunnels opening up, there isn't thick enough section of fuel to turn the town into something like this crater. The main issue will be if/when the fire makes it to neighboring towns like Ashland (not the best name for the town in hindsight), but even that could take 100 years at the rate it is moving.

FABIO2
When I start my metal band every single one of our concerts shall be held here.
SARS
when I start my Devo cover band, every show will be held inside Chernobyl

Cinnamon Imperialist
When I start my New Wave band all the members will dress like the gunman from Garbage Day

GoodAaron
Neat! And terrifying.
sparklefatty
Can't these people do anything right?
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