In the popular imagination, hell has many doors. The Hebrews located it in the southeast of Jerusalem; Greeks and Romans entered the Avernus through a crater near Cumas, in southern Italy; the Hellenes also used the entrance of the present Pamukkale, in Turkey; There are urban legends that place it in the Escorial Monastery, 20 minutes away in Managua or in the jungle of Belize. Since this year, however, another entrance has been opened because of climate change, this Siberia.
According to the Tibetan daily Siberian Times, the inhabitants of Yakutia avoid ever closer to a huge sinkhole located near the city of Batagai. The hole appeared some 25 years ago, but in recent years it has reached unusual proportions: more than a hundred meters deep and a kilometer long.
Researchers have already found clear evidence that this phenomenon is linked to global warming. The unstoppable rise in temperatures has caused the permafrost, the permanently frozen layer of soil, to melt and the ground to collapse. In addition, this crater expands about 18 meters each year.
Not only has a large hole been opened, but great discoveries are taking place within it. A team of paleontologists has found remains of a bison, some horses and a mammoth. Some of these remains date from about 4,400 years ago.
This is the Batagai rift, known as ‘the gate of hell’ (Getty)