Yakutsk: The Coldest City on Earth



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It’s fall in Yakutsk, the jeweled city of eastern Russia, and it’s cold — really cold. Frost-bitten and paralyzed by brutally low temperatures nearly year-round, the city moves at a crawl, its people scrambling from one heated enclosure to the next in an attempt to carry out daily life without succumbing to the devastatingly frigid conditions.


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But the residents of Yakutsk are accustomed to this environment. They endure bleak, eight-month winters that rival those within the Arctic Circle, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 64C (minus 83F). They’re no strangers to extremes — this is Siberia, after all.

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