Mysterious Fiery Pit In Chinese Mountain

Geologists have been left baffled by this extraordinary fiery hole which has opened up on the side of a Chinese mountain. The small hole has been glowing bright orange due to its intense heat since it was spotted on April 2015 by builders and villagers in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The intense heat and bright orange glow of the hole led to it being nicknamed the "Gateway to Hell", a similar moniker to the "Hell's Gate" natural gas fire in Turkmenistan which has been burning continuously for over 40 years.

The mysterious fiery pit

Geologist Hu Tan who is leading the investigation into the 80 cm wide hole said: 'The air blasting out of the hole is so hot, that if you hold a branch near to it it bursts into flames.

His colleague Cao Jianwen recorded a temperature of 792 degrees Celsius.

This isn't actually the first time a pit like this has opened up in the region either, especially given that the area had once been home to an active coal mine back in the 1970s.

This one however is unlikely to be around for much longer as concerns over fumes emenating from the hole have prompted authorities to begin efforts to seal it off.


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