Locals in north of Yakutia reported that their day suddenly turned to night around noon on Friday, and for almost three hours they needed torches to see where they were going. People from remote Eveno-Bytantaisky, Zhigansky and Verkhoyansky districts turned to newspapers, begging local media to explain what the hell happened, baffling by this sudden 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.
‘When the Sun vanished, people started calling us in the administration. Many got scared, specially elderly people. People who live here for many years said they had never witnessed anything like this. The darkness was pitch black. It didn’t come at once, but grew gradually. The Sun was gone from 11.30 until 14.00 on Friday 20 July. There was no dust. There was no sharp decrease in air temperature either as it happened. But on that night the air dropped down to -4°C. We don’t know what to think. We have no experts, and rumours keep growing.‘