- luminous gas,
- mournful howls of the damned, and
- a deadly creature with bat-like wings.
In 1989, this story was picked up and reported by the California-based Christian television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network, both on its TV programming and in its newsletter. It was repeated in 1990 in Christian newsletters like Praise the Lord, Midnight Cry and Christianity Today, and even crossed into mainstream media in 1992 when picked up by the Weekly World News (this time set in Alaska). It has been repeated and retold many times since.
|This fanciful image accompanied one version of the Weekly World News story on the Well to Hell. |
WWN's reporting--and the source of the above image--can be found here.
For more information:
Rich Buhler, "Scientists Discover Hell In Siberia," Christianity Today, July 16, 1990, 34(10): 28–29.
Jan Harrold Brunvand, The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends (New York: Norton, 1993), 105–8.