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The Fascinating Story of the Russian Well to Hell

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The Fascinating Story of the Russian Well to Hell

The Fascinating Story of the Russian Well to Hell

The Portal to Hell

In 2002, the Coast to Coast American AM radio received a chilling recording from one of its listeners along with this message.

“My uncle had told me this story a couple of years ago, and I didn’t believe him. Like one of your listeners who discounted the story as nothing more than just a religious newspaper fabricated account. The story about the digging, the hearing of the sounds from hell, is very real. It did occur in Siberia.”

The recording contained the sounds of wailing human voices, screaming, and suffering in deep agony. Allegedly, those were the sounds of despairing souls trapped in hell, screaming out in pain.

According to the listener, a team of Russian geologists drilled an 8.9-mile hole into the permafrost-covered ground of a remote region of Siberia. As their drill holes breached the 9-mile mark, their drill bits began to swing rapidly indicating the presence of a vast hollow space beneath.

To their surprise, the temperatures in the hole measured an incredible 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. And as they lowered their microphones, they heard the distinct sounds of crying souls before the microphones got melted by the intense heat.

This led to an uncomfortable hypothesis; The scientists had unknowingly created a gateway to hell spawning countless legends, superstitions, and speculations, some of which continue to this day.

Did the Russians really open a portal to hell on that fateful day in 1989 or was the legend simply created to hide something real and tangible during the cold war era between the Russians and the Americans?

Nobody has an answer to this question yet.

The Story of the Well to Hell

The Story of the Well to Hell

The Story of the Well to Hell

The story starts with a drill-hole project conducted by the Soviets in a remote corner of Siberia.

It was the cold war era and the race to reach the top had also reached the earth’s crust where both the Americans and the Russians wanted to be the 1st to reach the earth’s center.

The objective was not only to study the earth’s composition but also get hold of all the mineral treasures that lie beneath the earth. The project was led by a man known as Azzacov of whom no further details are available.

As the geologists breached the 9-mile mark beneath, the temperatures began to rise uncommonly reaching over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The engineers and scientists lowered heat-resistant measurement tools and a microphone into the hole to capture recordings.

The microphone recorded nearly 20 seconds of sound from the depths of the hole before getting melted by the intense heat. But the sounds that came out sent shivers through the scientists.

The sounds were supposedly so disturbing that the Russians sealed the well.

The sounds were supposedly so disturbing that the Russians sealed the well.

The Sounds Were Chilling

The recording not heard publicly until 2002, captured the wailing and screaming of multiple people. It seemed as if people were being tortured mercilessly and were suffering in deep pain.

Most of the scientists quit the job site immediately. Later the medics and doctors had a tough time to help them recover from the ‘trauma’ of the noises and the nightmares that continued for years later.

Then the rumors started building on top of it. Some said a plume of smoke flew out of the hole to confront the observers. And after scaring them out of their wits, it flew across the sky and out of Siberia.

Some said the smoke made words like “I have conquered” in Russian before getting dispelled. Some even claimed that a winged bat-like creature was seen rising through the plume of smoke erupting through the hole.

In 1990, the story was debunked by an article in Christianity Today. First of all, the Russians had no drilling activities in Siberia. Secondly, nobody had invented any heat resistant equipment at that time that can withstand 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

And the biggest debunking of all, the sounds heard were actually a looped portion of audio from the 1972 horror movie Baron Blood.

The boring was stopped as the drill bits could not withstand the heat. The site was officially liquidated in 2008.

The boring was stopped as the drill bits could not withstand the heat. The site was officially liquidated in 2008.

Is There Hell Beneath the Earth?

So, is there hell beneath the earth? The answer is no.

In the 1970s, the Russians started the Kola Superdeep Borehole to know more about the earth’s composition on the Kola Peninsula. The site was a good choice to begin the drilling as It is one of the oldest bedrocks of the Earth and a perfect location to know more about the inside of the Earth.

The drilling of the borehole continued, with intervals, from 1978 up until 1992. The borehole was kept operational until 2005 with the deepest point reached being 12,261 meters or 7.6 miles below the surface. This is the deepest hole ever made and is still the deepest man-made point on Earth.

After this, the boring was stopped as the drill bits could not withstand the heat. The site was officially liquidated in 2008.

So, what did the scientists discover?

Lots of water, lots of gases (helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and even carbon dioxide), and fossils in granite 6,700 meters below the surface. There is nothing even remotely resembling hell.

Ultimately, the well to hell hoax is a great example of how rumors can twirl and twist reality to grotesque proportions. Hell could be real, but we need to discover it within ourselves rather than outside.

As Neil Gaiman aptly says.

“I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.”

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Comments

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 21, 2021:

D'you mind? While here: Isaiah 14:9. Your opinion as a moslem may differ from mine. But you okay, and I'm okay.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 21, 2021:

Yes, of course I do believe hell is real but only God knows where it is.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 21, 2021:

@Misbah, you as a moslem know hell is real because I've read you quote from the koran. @DDE, if some persons told you Okrika is a rumor becaure you cannot felt it does not make it none existence. That said, same thing with hell. Oh I nearly get lost into it at 13 years! I returned home via, my mouth by the grace of God. A B.M; B.Phar qualified person certify me dead. Hell from beneath waits. I've read about the story of the first well. Don't you realized how medics had to treat those trumatized? Do some research on the right and left and form an opinion. Thanks.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 20, 2021:

Thanks, Linda for your comments

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 20, 2021:

You’ve told a very interesting story. I love the Neil Gaiman quote at the end.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 20, 2021:

Thanks Devika

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 20, 2021:

Hell one describes as a nightmare of a burden. However one actually thinks of hell it is something I will never know of unless i can feel it.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 20, 2021:

Thanks Miebakagh for your comments

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 20, 2021:

Hell is real beneath the earth, even if I'm not a christian. Its not just 9 mile deep. Its 6 feet down to below! One cannot necessary carry it around or about. Its not a personal trouble.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 20, 2021:

Thanks Bill for your kind comments

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2021:

I always find something interesting in your articles, my friend. Well done!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 20, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for your comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 20, 2021:

I don't think the hell is beneath the earth surface. Sometimes the rumours are like humours but who knows what's true.

I like this quote you mentioned, "I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.”

This was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing, Ravi

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