Oymyakon, Siberia is the coldest village on Earth. It’s so cold there, that thermometers literally break. The freezing cold village reached a low of -62 degrees Celsius this year, but Oymyakon also holds the record for the coldest recorded temperature in history (outside of Antarctica): a bitterly chilling -67.7 degrees Celsius in 1933.
New Zealand based Photographer Amos Chapple traveled to Oymyakon, Siberia to photograph the everyday life of its roughly 500 inhabitants. He told weather.com: “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.”
Since Chapple traveled there, the temperatures have become even lower, and the citizens of the coldest village on Earth are still braving the elements. Though the broken thermometer showed the temperature at -62 degrees Celsius, locals say it was even colder, claiming the temperature to be as low as -68 degrees Celsius.
The temperatures in Oymyakon, Siberia are so low that it causes people’s eyelashes to freeze. This makes for stunning images but is probably quite uncomfortable.
The main sources of heat for the residents of Oymyakon are burning wood and coal. “people were very wary of the cold,” Amos Chapple told The Telegraph.
Chapple also said, “I’d expected that the locals would be accustomed to the winters and there would be everyday life happening in the streets.” However, they were usually empty.
The village itself is named after the Oymyakon River, which derives from the word “kheium,” meaning “unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter.”
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