Another 'gateway to hell' discovered in China

Another 'gateway to hell' discovered in China

Could the entrance to hell be in Urumqi?

A spectacular, fiery volcanic crater has been discovered in the western hills of Urumqi, in western China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, CCTV's Sina Weibo reported.

Burning away at a sizzling 792 degrees Celsius, steam rises from the incandescent, 150cm-wide crater, which has no visible bottom.

"The ash could be seen rising from the volcanic crater all the time since I came here three years ago," said a worker at a nearby construction site.

The strange sight has been dubbed the 'Gateway to Hell' by local netizens.

It is in fact caused by the combustion of an underground coal bed, according to the report.

A warning sign has been placed around the crater to alert people to keep away.

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