Mysterious blazing sinkhole shocks Chinese village
April 2015 – CHINA – A blazing sinkhole in northwest China terrified locals, attracting tourists as well as researchers and prompting questions about its origin. The temperature on top of the burning crater was estimated to be 792 degrees Celsius (1,457 degrees Fahrenheit). Due to the deadly heat, scientists have been unable to come close enough to the crater to measure how deep it really is. Located in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, near Urumqi, in northwest China, the sinkhole is 0.9 meters (3 feet) wide.
It is hot enough to light up branches and other objects placed next to it. Various tourist videos show people setting things on fire. Locals have dubbed it a “gateway to hell.” Many have told the Chinese media that the ground in the area has been hot for some time now. There is no volcanic activity in the region, which led scientists from the…
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