A look inside the coldest village on Earth

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SIBERIA (EBU / NBC News Channel) -- In a village in eastern Siberia, temperatures fell to -80 degrees F this month.

In a village in eastern Siberia, temperatures fell to -80 degrees F this month. The Russian village, a settlement of some 500 people, has the reputation of being the coldest permanently occupied human settlement on Earth. Courtesy: EBU / NBC News Channel

The Russian village, a settlement of some 500 people, has the reputation of being the coldest permanently occupied human settlement on Earth.

The harsh climate affects nearly every aspect of existence for people who live in the area.

Frostbite is a constant danger, and unless cars are kept running even when not being used, their batteries die at the low temperatures.

The winter diet is mostly meat-based, sometimes eaten raw or frozen.

Some regional specialties include a dish of raw, long-sliced frozen fish, raw reindeer meat, and frozen horse liver.

The village in the remote outpost of Siberia recorded an all-time low of -97 degrees Fahrenheit in 2013.

Only Antarctica has recorded lower official temperatures.



 
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