Locals in north of Yakutia said daylight was completely gone for several hours.
Where is the sun? Their remote communities in Yakutia were plunged into darkness, even though they should have 24 hour light at this time of year
People from remote Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky districts turned to newspapers, begging local media to explain ‘the devilry’ of what happened.
Their remote communities were plunged into darkness – even though they should have 24 hour light at this time of year.
‘The sun went out around 11am, and didn’t come back until about 2pm. I couldn’t see a thing without switching lights on. We took torches to walk outside, but actually no-one wanted to be on the street because the feeling was as if something heavy in the air was pressing on your chest’, said one resident.
After the sun returned, locals found thick layer of dust covering everything outside.
Sun blanked out in Arctic Siberia
Sun wasn’t visible in two neighbouring districts in the extreme north of Yakutia, but no other area of the republic reported the cataclysm.
‘We wondered if this was an eclipse, but it can’t be something witnessed only by two districts.
‘Normally before any eclipse air temperature drops by 3,4 degrees centigrade, and true, that morning was cooler than usual.
‘But our area is always quite cold, so we didn’t pay special attention’, said Maria from a village in Zhigansky district.