Giant Russian black hole mine that ‘sucks in helicopters’ set to re-open by 2030

A giant Russian black hole diamond mine known to suck in anything that flies overhead is set to re-open 26 years after mysteriously closing.

Located roughly 280 miles from the Arctic Circle is the town of Mirny, which contains an open-pit diamond mine more than 1,722 feet deep with a diameter of 3,900 feet.

The pit was ordered by former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1957, despite the fact that -40C Winter temperatures make it almost impossible to use.

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At the time, builders were forced to use jet engines to thaw the ground and dynamite to get through the permafrost so that the mine could be built.

This all proved to be worth it though as by 1960, the mine was up and running and providing a bounty of riches.

During the first decade of the mine operating it produced 10,000,000 carats of diamonds per year, 20% of which were gem quality – and it produced around £1billion-worth of diamonds during its lifespan.

An even greater find was when it produced a 342.57-carat fancy lemon yellow diamond, the largest that had ever been found in the country.

In 2004 the mine suddenly and surprisingly closed, with officials stating there was a flood and they couldn’t mine any further, and the massive hole lay abandoned.

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The airspace above it was also restricted, as the sheer depth of the mine meant small aircraft and helicopters could get sucked in because when the cold air from the surface meets the heated air coming from the bowels of the mine, it creates a vortex powerful enough to suck things down into its depths.

And it suffered extensive flooding in August 2017.

However, it is now set to be re-opened in 2030 thanks to Russian mining company Alrosa.

The company has announced that, after a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, they will begin repairing the mine later this year.

A spokesman said: “We have been designing a new mine over the years, it is fully designed.

“The company is already allocating investment funds, and we have received approval from the government of the country.

“Through the Supervisory Board, all decisions have been made, and this year we are starting this largest project.”

Once re-opened, it is expected the mine will run for “another 50 years”.

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