Ever wonder what the inside of an apartment building looks like in -74F weather? Well, the image above from an apartment building in Karaganda, Kazakhstan should give you somewhat of an idea, and let’s just say that it looks a lot like a frozen tundra. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

The name “Karagandy” is derived from a “caragana” bushes (Caragana arborescens, Caragana frutex) which are abundant in the area. The original site of Karaganda is now labeled on city maps as the “Old Town,” but almost nothing remains on that site. In exploiting the rich coal deposits, the Soviets undermined the entire city, and the town had to be abandoned completely and moved several miles to the south.


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