Now That's Cold! Russia Region Hits -88F
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MOSCOW (CBSMiami) - Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region which hit minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas on Tuesday.
Residents in the region are no strangers to cold weather and this week's cold spell was not even dominating local news headlines.
However, some media outlets published cold-weather selfies and stories about stunts in the extreme cold.
Two such photos were by Anastasia Gruzdeva and her friends taken on Sunday in the region's capital Yakutsk, showing their eyelashes covered in frost.
Oymyakon, a settlement of some 500 people in the Yakutia region, has earned the reputation as the coldest permanently occupied human settlement in the world. The harsh cold climate permeates nearly every aspect of existence for the people who live in the area.
Frostbite is a constant danger and cars are usually kept running even when not being used because the batteries die at low temperatures.
The winter diet is mostly meat-based, sometimes eaten raw or frozen, due to the inability to grow crops in the frigid temperatures. Some regional specialties include stroganina, which is raw, long-sliced frozen fish, reindeer meat (eaten raw), frozen horse liver, and ice cubes of horse blood with macaroni, reports say.
The village in the remote outpost of Siberia recorded an all-time low of minus -72 degrees Celsius (-97 degree Fahrenheit) in 2013.
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