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Moscow, temperatures dropped to -40C

Description

In January of 2006, Muscovites could be forgiven for thinking they'd gone to sleep in their familiar city only to wake up the next morning in what felt like Antarctica. While heavily fortified research stations on the frozen continent can handle temperatures of -40, the extreme cold presented a serious challenge for the usually bustling Moscow, its aging infrastructure, and its 11 million residents. When the cold snap started, it didn't take long for thousands of the city's trolley buses to come to a grinding halt. The wires supplying power to the network grew increasingly brittle in the cold and basically stopped conducting electricity. Local government asked private drivers to refrain from driving in the extreme cold. Brake failure caused a fixed-route taxi to plunge into the Moscow River.

Project

Theory of Catastrophes

Segment

Shocking, Crime & Investigation program

Category

Tags

Moscow, river, Russia, frozen, winter, Caught on tape, Caught on tape, , temperature, cold, extreme cold, Moscow river, frost, cold weather, frostbite

Details

ID:#0115001011
Date:2011-03-16
Duration:00:01:27
Language:english
Dialogues:yes
Views:2546
Record format:SD
Dimension:720x576
Video standard:PAL
Format video:4:3