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Two French rivers disappear underground in large cracks and sinkholes
The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comté, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed.
The cave of Remonot is located near the village of Morteau along the Doubs. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this Chapel-Cave contains miraculous water and is visited each year on August 15, 2018, the day of the Assumption. But during this year’s annual pilgrimage, the cave was dry! The first time ever! Nearby, the Doubs river is also dry. No water, just pebbles, and dead fish. Residents explain they …

-62 °C (-79.6 °F): Russia's Sakha Republic registers near-record low temperatures

-62 °C (-79.6 °F): Russia's Sakha Republic registers near-record low temperatures

A severe cold wave is dropping temperatures to near-record lows over the past several days in Russia's Far East and Siberia, region well accustomed to the extremely cold weather. Temperatures dropped below -50 °C (-58 °F) in some areas, more than 10 °C (18 °F) lower than the average for this time of year, and as low as -67 °C (-88.6 °F) in some areas.
On January 14, the temperature dropped to a near-record low of -62 °C (-79.6 °F) in the worlds coldest village - Oymyakon - in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), breaking the digital thermometer installed last year to appeal to tourists.
While some residents in Oymyakon saw temperatures as low as -67 °C (-88.6 °F), the officially measured temperature of -59 °C (-74.2 °F) on January 14 was not cool enough to break its record low of -67.7 °C (-89.8 °F) set in February 1933.
Authorities closed schools in some areas and urged locals to stay at home but a group of Chinese tourists took the opportunity to make headlines by taking a bath in the local geothermal spring:
The video, however, is still not as viral as this one:
Yakutia is home to some 1 million people and well accustomed to such temperatures.
"For us this is normal," one resident told The Siberian Times. "It's strange that journalists call and ask how you live here. I answer, you come and see for yourself that we live an ordinary life."
However, the weather these days was tragic for at least 2 people who froze to death after their care broke on the road. Three other men who were with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, officials said Monday, January 15, 2018.
Temperature - world - 12:00 UTC, January 14, 2018
Temperature - world - 12:00 UTC, January 14, 2018. Credit: earth.nullschool.net
Featured image: Digital thermometer that broke after -62 °C (-79.6 °F) registered on January 14, 2018. Credit: sivtseva9452 (Instagram)

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