Siberia is often the butt of jokes. From its harsh winters with temperatures averaging well below freezing to being known as where you get shipped off to when no one wants to see you ever again, Siberia is pretty much some people’s idea of hell.
Now, a hell mouth has been discovered in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a word that means “End of the World” in the language of its indigenous people, the Nenets. Yamal peninsula serves as Russia’s main production area for the gas it supplies to Europe.
While scientists are still studying the crater, there are speculations around what caused this crater…. aliens, a meteorite, missile, an explosive gas release or a secret weapon test that Russians are not going to confirm.
The crater is up to 90 meters deep and around 80 meters wide with a darkening around the rim. This darkening is seen as an evidence of heat possibly from an explosion. The crater has an icy lake at its bottom and water is cascading down its walls.
Scientists and experts from Russia’s Center for the Study of the Arctic, the Cryosphere Institute of the Academy of Sciences and Russia’s Emergencies Ministry are investigating the area to determine what caused the crater.
It appears that this hell hole is not the only one. Locals have discovered a second crater in the same region, although no pictures or videos of the second hole is available as of now.