The terrifying crater known as the ‘Mouth of Hell,’ which has been burning for 50 years, is about to be closed.

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The terrifying crater known as the ‘Mouth of Hell,’ which has been burning for 50 years, is about to be closed.

The massive fire, which began in 1971 and has since become a center for “dark tourism,” has now been declared extinguished by Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan’s totalitarian president, has announced plans to close the country’s notorious ‘Mouth of Hell.’

The former dentist has directed his ministers to locate international experts capable of sealing off the massive crater that has been burning for more than half a century.

Darvaza, a methane-belching sinkhole, has been ablaze since Soviet scientists set it ablaze in 1971.

The terrifying 230-foot-wide crater, which is constantly on fire, can be seen for miles.

It is located in the Karakum Desert, about 160 miles north of the isolated country’s capital city Ashgabat, and is known as the ‘Gates of Hell’ or ‘Mouth of Hell.’

Berdimuhamedov, who is known for abusing human rights and suppressing any form of opposition, has ordered officials to put an end to the constant fire’s environmental damage.

Locals’ health is being harmed by the decades-long fire, he warned.

Profits from the gas supply should be used to help his six million people, the majority of whom are poor.

“We are creating – and will continue to create – all necessary conditions for the development of our independent Motherland’s colossal hydrocarbon resources in the interests of our people,” he said, explaining his decision to put an end to the fire.

Berdimuhamedov, 64, has erected a 68-foot gold leaf statue of himself as well as a statue of Turkmenistan’s most famous dog.

He writes rap songs, DJs, and competes in classic car, horse, and cycle races, which he always wins because his opponents are too afraid to beat him.

Berdimuhamedov has been the president of Kazakhstan for the past 16 years.

Turkmenistan has a growing reputation for corruption and human rights abuses under his rule.

“Corruption is a way of life” in Turkmenistan, according to one source, and “the higher you go, the bigger the theft gets.” Berdimuhamedow was re-elected to a second term in 2016 with 97 percent of the vote.

When sloppy Soviet scientists attempted to tap natural gas in the area, the 70-foot-deep crater erupted.

The upper layers of soil collapsed, forming an underground cave and a large gas-filled hole.

Geologists ignited the gas to prevent it from poisoning local residents and livestock.

They expected the fire to burn out in a matter of weeks, but it continues to burn today.

Unique bacteria are surviving at the, according to Canadian explorer George Kourounis, who discovered them in November 2013.

The news is summarized by Brinkwire.

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