Oymyakon in Siberia - Frozen lashes, burst thermometers at the coldest inhabited place on Earth
By FnF Desk | PUBLISHED: 17, Jan 2018, 18:56 pm IST | UPDATED: 23, Jan 2018, 19:03 pm IST
At Oymyakon in Siberia - one of the coldest permanently inhabited places on earth - temperatures have reached such record-breaking lows that people's eyelashes have frozen and thermometers have broken. The Siberian Times reports that a new electronic thermometer in the village recorded temperatures as low as minus 62 degrees Celsius. And then it broke because it was too cold! The thermometer was installed Oymyakon as a tourist attraction, reports The Telegraph. It malfunctioned this week.
A picture going viral on social media also shows a woman, Anastasia Gruzdeva, with icy, frozen eyelashes in what looks like a scene straight out of Disney's Frozen.
According to the Siberian Times, some residents of Oymyakon have recorded temperatures as low as minus 67 degrees Celsius. To put that in perspective, minus 67.7 degrees Celsius has been the coldest-ever officially recorded for a permanently inhabited settlement anywhere in the world, and the frostiest in the Northern hemisphere. That temperature was recorded in Oymyakon itself, back in 1993.
Many others on social media have also shared pictures of their own ice-covered eyelashes and frozen faces at Oymyakon.
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. It has about 500 permanent residents, reports The Independent.
According to the Daily Mail, other problems that come with living in the coldest occupied place on earth include glasses freezing on people's faces, pen ink freezing and batteries losing power.