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Thermometer in world's coldest village breaks as temperatures plunge to -62C

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.

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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.

Yet it is still some way off the coldest temperature ever recorded on the planet, which was -94.7C captured by a NASA satellite in east Antarctica in 2013.

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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.

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.

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.

Oymyakon is served by just the one shop and its solitary school only shuts if temperatures dip below -52C.

In 2016, adventurer and photographer, Amos Chapple, spent five winter weeks working in the Yakutia region and described its living environment as "exhausting".

He said:

Quote:I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs. The other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips.

Breath-mist was as thick as cigar smoke and so I had to hold my breath when taking a picture.

The only people outside were either dashing between houses with their mitts clasped to their faces, or were drunk and looking for trouble.
I am from Karachi so no thanks!
Two people froze to death there or so I read:

Quote:Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down. Three other men who were with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, local investigators reported on Monday.
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Ok a question has been bothering me. How do animals survive in such winter?
(01-17-2018, 09:08 PM) ٹوپی ڈرامہ Wrote: Ok a question has been bothering me. How do animals survive in such winter?

Animals in the regions where it gets that cold:
  • Get a winter fur
  • Have built up extra fat reserves
  • Are not as active
  • Instinctively stay hidden from wind (if locations allow)
Those animals probably would die of heat stroke in their fur inside a warm house.

This is a big reason why one should not disturb animals like deer in the winter too much, as their fleeing energy may exhaust the weak ones to the point of death.
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