Source: The Telegraph (UK)
The thermometer in a remote Siberian village known as the coldest inhabited place on earth has broken as temperatures plunged to near-record depths. The public device, which was installed in Oymyakon as a tourist attraction, recorded -62C, before malfunctioning this week.
Meanwhile the Siberian Times reports that some locals had readings as low as -67C – in touching distance of the record -67.7C, which was logged in the village in February 1933.
Here are 5 facts to know about the world’s coldest village:
#1 That temperature was the lowest ever recorded outside the Antarctic and cemented the village, in the Yakutia region, the coldest permanently-inhabited place on earth.
#2 Oymyakon has 50 permanent residents and its name means “non-freezing water” due to a nearby thermal spring. The settlement originally developed as a stopover for reindeer herders who came to water their animals at the spring.
#3 The village’s hardy inhabitants survive the winters, which drop to an average of -50C in January and February, largely by burning wood and coal for warmth.
#4 The village sits 750 meters above sea level and the length of its days vary from three hours in December to 21 hours in summer.
#5 Oymyakon is served by just the one shop and its solitary school only shuts if temperatures dip below -52C.
In the nearby city of Yakutsk, 24-year-old wedding shop worker, Anastasia Gruzdeva, captured a striking picture of her and two friends with their eyelashes frozen by the subzero conditions.
The near-record freezing temperatures in Siberia come as Russia is experiencing what is set to be its darkest winter on record.
The capital Moscow enjoyed just six minutes of sunshine in Decemeber, according to Russia’s main weather centre. Normally the city would expect to see dozens of hours of sun during the last month of the year.
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