The residents of Nome, Alaska are facing a possible fuel crisis temperatures as a series of shipping mishaps has left the community without its normal fall delivery and temperatures have dropped to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A Russian tanker carrying an emergency supply of 1.3 million gallons of diesel is foundering in Arctic ice 140 miles from Nome, and the town could lose power as early as March. Bad weather halted the normal fuel delivery this fall, after which the Alaskan legislature approved an experimental delivery from the Russian tanker. Nome is perhaps most famous for the 1925 diphtheria outbreak that inspired the Iditerod dog sled race.
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