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South Korea, Japan, China gripped by coldest snap of season

Temperatures in China's northernmost city fall to country's lowest on record

People walk in the snow near Aomori Station in Japan's northern Aomori prefecture on Jan. 24.   © Kyodo

SEOUL/TOKYO -- Northeast Asia is in the grip of an unusually cold snap, with the mercury plummeting in the two Koreas, Japan and China to the lowest levels in around a decade.

South Korea's Meteorological Administration issued a special cold wave warning on Tuesday morning, alerting people to the potential danger of the freeze. Temperatures dropped as low as minus 16 C in Seoul and minus 25 C in Cheorwon County, near the North Korean border.

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